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Somalia repels Al-Shabaab attack on military base

Mogadishu, June 29 (IANS) Islamist extremist group Al Shabaab fighters raided a military base in the southern Somali state of Jubaland but were repulsed after fierce fighting, a senior military official confirmed on Monday. The heavy fighting took place on Sunday night near the military base in Kismayo, the capital city of Jubaland, but denied there were casualties on their side, Xinhua ...

4 days ago
Al-Shabaab attacks Somalian AU base

Mogadishu, June 26 (IANS) Somalian militant group Al Shabaab on Friday attacked an African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) military base in the country's Lower Shebelle region. Lower Shebelle Mayor, Abdulkadir Nor Sidi, said the attack in Lego district saw a suicide bomber blow up his car at the gate of the base, leading to a fierce gun battle. There are many casualties among t...

5 days ago
Security Council condemns attack on diplomats in Somalia

United Nations, June 26 (IANS) The UN Security Council has condemned an attack on a humanitarian convoy carrying diplomats from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Somalia. A car bomb targeting a bullet-proof vehicle carrying diplomats from the UAE on Wednesday killed at least 14 people, including four Somali soldiers, in Mogadishu, Xinhua news agency reported. In a statement, the...

6 days ago
UAE diplomats targeted in Mogadishu, 14 killed

Mogadishu, June 24 (IANS) At least 14 people were killed and five others injured on Wednesday in a roadside car explosion targeting diplomats from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Somali capital, Mogadishu. Police officer Ismail Mohamed told Xinhua that the blast targeted UAE diplomats, adding that eight civilians and six soldiers died in the attack, but UAE diplomats escaped unhurt.

10 days ago
Al Shabaab kills 8 policemen in Somalia

Mogadishu, June 21 (IANS) Al Shabaab militants raided a police station and killed as many as eight officers in a town on the outskirts of the Somalian capital, authorities said. Local police officer Mohamed Ali in Afgoye town told Xinhua that the gunmen stormed the station on Saturday and engaged in a gun battle, killing eight officers and injuring three civilians who were nearby.

12 days ago
Four soldiers killed in Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia

Mogadishu, June 19 (IANS) Four soldiers were killed and six others injured in an attack by Al-Shabaab in Somalia's Gedo region. The offensive began after the militants attacked positions of government forces in the region's Ged-Wayn district on Thursday, Xinhua quoted a local official as saying. We have managed to inflict heavy casualties among the attackers... The fighting laste...

12 days ago
Eight militants killed while attacking conference venue in Somalia

Mogadishu, June 18 (IANS) Eight gunmen, believed to be Al Shabaab militants, died in an attempted suicide attack on a conference venue in the town of Adado in central Somalia on Thursday. The attackers raided the venue of the ongoing State Formation Conference, sparking a fierce gunfight, Osman Adde, a security official, told Xinhua news agency. Four of them blew themselves up, a...

14 days ago
Two soldiers killed in Somalia blast

Mogadishu, June 16 (IANS) At least two Somali government soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb blast on Tuesday as they were travelling in a village on the outskirts of the country's capital Mogadishu, officials said. Two of our soldiers were killed in the blast, a cowardly act by terrorists, military officer Mahad Hayow Sayid told Xinhua news agency. This incident will not sto...

17 days ago
Top Al Shabaab leader killed in Somalia

Mogadishu, June 13 (IANS) A top Al Shabaab leader was killed in a covert operation by the Somali army, officials said on Saturday. Qasim Sheikh was killed after government troops cornered him on Friday night, Aden Abdi Mohamed, deputy mayor of Hudur in Bakool region, told Xinhua news agency. Our forces launched an operation after receiving intelligence that Sheikh was hiding in A...

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50 killed in Somali-Ethiopian border clashes

Mogadishu, June 1 (IANS) At least 50 people were killed and scores injured in week-long border clashes between Somali clan militia and an Ethiopian paramilitary unit, Somali authorities said on Monday. Most of the victims were civilians caught in the week-long fighting between the Somali militia and the Ethiopian force known as Liyu police, Xinhua quoted Somalia's Galgadud region Governo...

1 month ago
11 Al Shabaab militants killed in Somalia

Mogadishu, May 27 (IANS) A joint security operation conducted by African Union (AU) troops and Somali military killed at least 11 Al Shabaab militants, and led to the recovery of recovered explosive devices in Bulobarde town of the Hiran region in central Somalia. According to Somali security officer Cabdullahi Barre Cimi, both AU and Somali troops conducted the operation on Tuesday nigh...

1 month ago
Al Shabaab takes control of strategic Somali town

Mogadishu, May 25 (IANS) Islamist militants Al Shabaab seized the control of a strategic town in the southern Somali region of lower Shabelle on Sunday night after government forces vacated it, witnesses and residents said on Monday. According to residents in Janaale town, the militants had taken over the control of the town without firing a single shot after Somali government forces pul...

1 month ago
Somalian MP killed in Mogadishu attack

Mogadishu, May 24 (IANS) A Somali parliamentarian has been shot dead in Mogadishu in an attack by suspected Islamist militants, BBC reported on Sunday. Yusuf Dirir was killed when gunmen opened fire on his car, said security officials. Three workers from the transport ministry also died in a separate drive-by shooting on Saturday. Dirir was killed when gunmen in a minibu...

1 month ago
Somali lawmaker killed in drive-by shooting

Mogadishu, May 23 (IANS) A lawmaker died and another sustained injuries in Mogadishu on Saturday following a drive-by shooting, police said. The lawmakers, Yusuf Dirir and his colleague Abdalla Boss, were attacked along Maka al Mukarama street when gunmen, driving past them, opened fire. The two were injured and immediately rushed to a city hospital. Dirir, however, later succumb...

1 month ago
Former Al Shabaab commander calls for dialogue

Mogadishu, May 20 (IANS) Former Al Shabaab intelligence chief Zakariye Ismail Hersi, who surrendered to the government of Somalia last year, has urged the militant group to lay down its weapons and embrace dialogue with the government for the sake of peace. Hersi, who was delisted few months ago from the US State Department's list of most wanted people with a bounty of $3 million, said i...

1 month ago
Al Shabaab claims control of US drone in Somalia

Mogadishu, May 18 (IANS) Al Qaeda-affiliate Al Shabaab has said it has captured a drone which fell in the Bay region of Somalia. The militants said on Sunday they were in possession of the drone which they claimed belonged to the US after it came down near El Bashir village, Xinhua news agency reported. There was no comment from the Somali government or the African Union Mission ...

1 month ago
Al Shabaab stopped from taking two Somalian towns

Mogadishu, May 16 (IANS) The Africa Union's peacekeeping mission in Somalia, Amisom, has said that its forces repulsed militants of the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabaab who attempted to recapture two government bases in the country's southern region. Amisom Sector One Commander, Brig. Gen. Sam Kavuma, said the forces successfully repulsed the militants in the Lower Shabelle region in the e...

1 month ago
Al Shabaab recaptures two towns in Somalia

Mogadishu, May 15 (IANS) The Al Shabaab militant group has recaptured two towns under government control in Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia, authorities said on Friday. Lower Shabelle Governor Abdulkadir Mohamed Nor Sidi told Xinhua news agency on Friday that Al Shabaab fighters launched a daring attack late Thursday night on the towns of Awdeegle and Mubakar, killing six gover...

1 month ago
Two Al Shabaab militants executed in Somalia

Mogadishu, May 13 (IANS) Two convicted members of militant group Al Shabaab were executed by a firing squad in Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday. The two were found guilty and handed death sentences by a Mogadishu military court after they were charged with killing popular female singer and lawmaker Saado Ali Warsame, Xinhua reported. The military court in Somalia has in nume...

1 month ago
Kerry arrives in Somalia amid tight security

Mogadishu, May 5 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, on Tuesday, marking the first visit of a US secretary of state to the country in over 20 years. Security in Mogadishu has been tightened with roads leading to the airport sealed off, Xinhuia news agency reported. Kerry is scheduled to officially open the US embassy office in...

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