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Eight Al-Shabaab militants killed in Somalia

Mogadishu, Feb 28 (IANS) At least eight Al Shabaab fighters were killed when military and Africa Union (AU) forces attacked the militant group in Somalia's Bakool region, authorities said Saturday. Somali military commander Abdirahman Mohamed said a joint force of Somali military and the AU forces launched an offensive in Celbaar town late Friday, Xinhua news agency reported. Our...

1 day ago
Two killed in Somalia car blast

Mogadishu, Feb 27 (IANS) At least two people were killed and two others injured Friday in a car explosion in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, police said. The explosion, which the police say may have targeted a security official who owned the car, took place in Al Kamin junction in Mogadishu, killing two occupants of the car, but the security official was not present at the time. Two...

2 days ago
Mortars land at Somalia's presidential palace, no casualties

Mogadishu, Feb 26 (IANS) At least seven mortars landed inside Somalia's presidential palace in Mogadishu Thursday when the prime minister and his cabinet were holding a meeting, police said. Police said there was no harm caused, and they were still investigating the matter. Police spokesman Qasim Ahmed Roble told Xinhua news agency that the mortars did not have the capability to...

3 days ago
US names first ambassador to Somalia since 1991

Washington, Feb 25 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama has nominated diplomat Katherine S. Dhanani as the country's first ambassador to Somalia since 1991. This historic nomination signals the deepening relationship between the United States and Somalia. It also allows us to mark the progress of the Somali people toward emerging from decades of conflict, said US State Department spokesw...

6 days ago
Toll in Somali hotel attack rises to 28

Mogadishu, Feb 23 (IANS) Toll in the Feb 20 sucide attack at a hotel in Somali capital Mogadishu has risen to 28 as eight more people succumbed to injuries, Xinhua news agency quoted Security Minister Abdirisaq Omar Mohamed as saying Sunday. According to the earlier report, at least 20 people were killed. We can now confirm that 28 people have died following the explosion in Cent...

7 days ago
Ex-Somali lawmaker says he knew hotel suicide bomber

Mogadishu, Feb 21 (IANS) Former Somali member of parliament Salat Ali Jelle said Saturday he personally knew the woman suicide bomber who attacked Central Hotel in Mogadishu Friday. Jelle said Somali-Dutch Lul Ahmed blew herself up, killing more than 25 people including two lawmakers, and wounding over 45 others. Ahmed was his favourite receptionist at the hotel, Jelle said, addi...

8 days ago
Minister among 10 killed in Somalia explosions

Mogadishu, Feb 20 (IANS) At least 10 people, including senior government officials, were killed and several others injured in explosions that rocked a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu Friday, police and witnesses said. Mohamed Yusuf, spokesman for the Somali ministry of national security, said the bomb killed several people, including two parliament members. Police and eyewit...

8 days ago
Somali minister among 20 killed in twin explosions

Mogadishu, Feb 20 (IANS) At least 20 people were killed, including a minister, and many injured when twin explosions rocked Somalia's capital Mogadishu Friday, according to police and witnesses. Police and eyewitnesses said huge explosions followed by gunfire were heard at the Central Hotel in Hamarweyene district, usually frequented by politicians and foreigners. Among those kil...

16 days ago
Senior Al-Shabaab leader executed in Somalia

Mogadishu, Feb 12 (IANS) A senior member belonging to the Somalian terror group Al-Shabaab, Ahmed Ismail Ali, has been executed, officials here said. Ali was captured last week by Somalian government troops in the Somalia-Kenya border town of Burdhube, Xinhua reported Thursday. He was accused of being behind the killing of 28 Kenyans, many of whom were teachers, in the border tow...

17 days ago
10 Al Shabaab militants killed in Somalia

Mogadishu, Feb 11 (IANS) At least 10 Al Shabaab militants were killed and scores of others injured early Wednesday in heavy fighting between African Union (AU) forces and the Al Qaeda-affiliated militant group in southern Somalia's Barawe town, an official said. Lower Shebelle's Governor Abdulkadir Mohamed Nor Sidii confirmed the killings, saying the Somali National Army (SNA) and the Af...

18 days ago
Over 20 killed in Somalia clash

Mogadishu, Feb 11 (IANS) More than 20 people were killed and 35 injured in a clash between government troops and a moderate Islamist group in Somalia, medical sources said Tuesday. The clash took place when government forces, trying to resist the takeover of Guricel town, some 400 km north of here, exchanged fire with the Islamist group AhluSunnah WalJamaah. We can confirm the d...

19 days ago
Somali lawmaker shot dead

Mogadishu, Feb 9 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen Monday shot dead a Somali lawmaker in the country's capital Mogadishu, a government official confirmed. Somali lawmaker Abdulah Ahmed Hussein said the deceased, Abdulah Qayad Bare, was driving from his home in Hamar Jajab district when assailants drove by and shot at his car, killing him instantly, Xinhua news agency reported. Police s...

23 days ago
Senior Al Shabaab member killed in US airstrike

Mogadishu, Feb 5 (IANS) A senior Al Shabaab member was killed in a US drone strike last week in southern Somalia, the Somali intelligence agency has confirmed. Somali National Intelligence Agency (SNIA) said in a statement Wednesday that Yusuf Dheeg, the militant group's senior intelligence officer, was killed in the air strike. Yusuf Dheeg was the coordinator of guerrilla attack...

28 days ago
Somalia air strike kills over 40 Al-Shabaab militants

Mogadishu, Feb 1 (IANS) Over 40 Al-Shabaab militants were killed and several others injured in an air strike targeting a militant base in southern Somalia, officials said Saturday. Abdulkadir Mohamed Nor Sidi, Governor of the Lower Shebelle region in southern Somalia, told Xinhua that the air strike hit an Al-Shabaab convoy and a training camp in the Dugale village. Over 40 milit...

1 month ago
14 killed in Al Shabab attack in Somalia

Mogadishu, Jan 29 (IANS) At least 14 people were killed in the Somali port town of Kismayu when a Kenyan military convoy was reportedly ambushed by Al Shabaab militants, a media report said Thursday. The attack took place Wednesday and the fighting lasted about five hours, Independent Online reported. Fierce fighting between a convoy of the Kenyan army and Al Shabaab fighters in...

1 month ago
Somali prime minister names new cabinet

Mogadishu, Jan 12 (IANS) Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke Monday announced a 60-member cabinet, which retains key allies of the president. The list consists of a deputy prime minister, 25 ministers, 25 assistant ministers and nine state ministers with the president's key allies retaining influential positions in the new set-up. After long discussions with the presi...

1 month ago
20 Al-Shabaab militants killed in Somalia

Mogadishu, Jan 7 (IANS) At least 20 Al Shabaab militants were killed and 29 others were injured by government troops in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region, media reported Tuesday. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, leader of the Puntland in the country's northeast, confirmed that Puntland Defence Forces (PDFs) killed 20 Al-shabaab militants and injured another 29 in a two-day fight against the...

1 month ago
Al Shabaab claims responsibility for Somalia bomb attack

Mogadishu, Jan. Jan 5 (IANS) Somalia's Al Shabaab militant group has claimed responsibility for Sunday's suicide bomb attack in Somali, which killed at least 6 people and injured several others. We are targeting convoy of special forces units Alpha Group, and killed many of them at suicide attack, Xinhua reported citing Al-Shabaab spokesperson Ali Mohamud Rage as saying. The bomb...

1 month ago
No Ebola outbreak in country: Somali government

Mogadishu, Jan 3 (IANS) The Somali government Saturday said there was an Ebola outbreak in the country, saying there were no cases of the disease there. Health Minister Ali Mohamed Mohamud refuted media reports that there was a suspected Ebola case in the town of Buulo Sharey in the lower Shabelle region, reported Xinhua. As soon as we heard the rumours of a case of Ebola in Soma...

1 month ago
One killed in Somalia roadside blast

Mogadishu, Jan 2 (IANS) At least one person was killed and 14 others, including seven Kenyan teachers, were injured in a roadside blast in Galkcayo, a city in central Somalia, authorities said Friday. Our bus was heading to the market when suddenly we heard a huge explosion, which injured the teachers and killed the security guard. The bus was also extensively damaged, Mohamed Abdulqadir...

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