In this Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 file photo, an armed member of the militant group Al-Shabab attends a rally in support of the merger of the Somali militant group Al-Shabab with Al-Qaeda, on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia. (AP Photo, File)
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A former media officer for the Somali Islamist group Al-Shabab who arranged news conferences in the years when the militants controlled the capital Mogadishu was sentenced to death Thursday for the murder of six local journalists.The Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab was pushed out of Mogadishu by African Union peacekeeping forces in 2011 but has remained a potent antagonist in Somalia, launching frequent attacks in its bid to overthrow the Western-backed government.The group was also behind deadly attacks in Kenya and Uganda, which both contribute troops to an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.
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