The attack began at around 8 p.m. (1700 GMT) on Wednesday evening with a suicide car bombing at the Posh Treats restaurant and club, after which gunmen stormed inside the nearby Pizza House restaurant. The Syrian national is believed to have been a chef at Pizza House.
Since the Dadaab refugee camp complex opened 26 years ago, an entire generation has grown up there. For many Somalis born and raised in Dadaab, it's more than just a camp. It’s home. And Kenya plans to close it in May.
Abdi Nor Iftin always dreamed of leaving Somalia and coming to the United States, and his dream seemed to come true when he won a spot in the Diversity Visa Program, otherwise known as the green card lottery. But it turned out to be only the first step in a difficult and dangerous process.
What was a serious problem with the weather has become a humanitarian crisis in Somalia where much of the country is controlled by militias. Because relief can't reach them, famished Somalians are trying to get to aid.
In Somalia, there are renewed hopes that victims of the country's famine may at last receive much needed aid. Over the weekend African peacekeepers forced Somalia's al-Shabab Islamist rebels out of the capital, Mogadishu.