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Militants Al-Shabaab name new leader after Godane killing

Sheikh Abii Ubeyda Ahmad Omar has been named as Somalian militant group Al-Shabaab's new leader.

The terror organisation announced the decision after confirming the killing of Ahmed Godane by US airstrikes.

Officials at the Pentagon called Godane's death a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al Qaeda-affiliated organisation.

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African leaders to set a special anti-terrorism fund

African countries could set up a special fund to combat Islamist militant groups, the continent leaders proposed on African Union Peace and Security summit in Nairobi.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta said African countries should stand together against the threat of Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab.

Al-Shabaab militants killed 67 people in a raid on a shopping mall in Kenya last September.

"No single state can tackle this threat alone," Mr Kenyatta said. "It is particularly worrying in Africa today that terrorist organizations have grown both in terms of number and capability."

The idea of a common African fund to combat terrorism was mooted by Mr Kenyatta and would be discussed at the next African Union summit.

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