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Date: Sep 11, 2019

Ethiopia says it has arrested alleged members of the Islamic State group in several towns close to its borders with Somalia and Kenya. 

The group has a presence in Somalia but this is the first time its alleged members have been found in Ethiopia.

Most of those arrested are foreign nationals, from Syria and Yemen. An army official, Colonel Tesfaye Ayalew, told the BBC that Ethiopians were also among those arrested. 

Col Tesfaye said Ethiopia’s strong intelligence network and its good relationship with neighbouring Somalia led to the successful arrest of the militants.

Last month, IS announced that for the first time it was producing audio and video content in Amharic, which is Ethiopia's official language. 

Analysts said that this was a clear indication that the jihadists had a network within the country. 

The IS group first gained a presence in Somalia in October 2015 after a small group of fighters from the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabab broke away and pledged allegiance to the IS leader - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. 

Despite facing attacks from both al-Shabab and the Somali government, the group has maintained a presence in north-east Somalia and around the capital, Mogadishu. 

Last year, IS killed three Ethiopians in the Somali city of Bosaso.

Source: BBC

A Somali police General reported injured after an explosive device connected to his car exploded somewhere near the seaport in Mogadishu on Monday morning.

Some reports indicate that General Mohamed Abdulle Dhoorre was in the car while fueling up at a petrol station at the time of the explosion.

After the explosion, Somali Police forces reached and cordoned off the area before transporting the General Dhoorre along with one of his bodyguards who were also injured to the hospital.

The police continue to search in the scene of the incident to investigate the explosion, and there are no reports from the police for now.

Last month, former secretary of Banadir regional administration Mohamed Amin was killed in such car bombing near KM4 junction in the capital of Mogadishu. The attack was claimed by Al-Shabaab.

It became quite familiar with this type of assassinations to target government members in Mogadishu which always leads to death or heavy injuries.

Source: Shabelle Media Network

The so-called Islamic State has allegedly put out a “death list” with names of civilians that work with the local councils and administrations in northeast Syria backed by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The pamphlet calls on civilians that work with “infidels” and the local councils or administrations “to repent or face the consequences.”

The document was published on Sept. 3 on behalf of the Islamic State security department of Wilayat al-Khayr, the former Syria-Iraq border province of the so-called Islamic State caliphate that was primarily made up of the city of Deir al-Zor and its countryside.

In the document, the terror group warns civilians that they could be kidnapped from their homes, public shops, or places of worship. It also threatened to blow up their homes.

“The one who repents, we will deal with them fairly,” the document said. It also reminded civilians of the underground Islamic State presence in the area. “We see you, and you don’t see us.” 

Read more: Kurdistan 24

A rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan just minutes into Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States.

A plume of smoke rose over central Kabul shortly after midnight and sirens could be heard. Inside the embassy, employees heard this message over the loudspeaker: “An explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound.”

About an hour later the all-clear was given, with no injuries reported. There was no immediate comment from Afghan officials or those with the NATO mission, which is also nearby.

It was the first major attack in the Afghan capital since President Donald Trump abruptly called off U.S.-Taliban talks over the weekend, on the brink of an apparent deal to end America’s longest war.

Read more: Washington Times