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Somalia's police chief is dead

Mogadishu, Oct 31 (IANS) Somalia's Police Commissioner General Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Ismail has died, officials said. A probe has been ordered into his death. The official unexpectedly fell and died in the course of his normal daily business, reported Xinhua. The Prime Minister's Office confirmed the death and said a ministerial commission has been formed to investigate the death...

14 days ago
Five killed in car bomb in Somalia

Mogadishu, Oct 16 (IANS) At least five people were killed and many others injured in a car bomb explosion Wednesday near in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the second in a week, police and witnesses said. The car bomb went off near Panorama Bar along the main street of Makka Al Mukarrama, killing five people, including children, and wounding many more, Xinhua reported. So far fi...

17 days ago
Toll in Somalia car bomb attack hits 20

Mogadishu, Oct 13 (IANS) The toll from a car bomb attack near a popular cafe in Somali capital Mogadishu Sunday evening has climbed to 20, officials said Monday. The cafe, Oroma Cafe, is along the main Maka Al Mukarrama Street that leads from the airport to the State House in Mogadishu, and was packed when the explosion happened, Xinhua reported. This comes as Somali government...

17 days ago
China reopens embassy in Mogadishu after 23 years

Mogadishu, Oct 13 (IANS) China has officially reopened its embassy in Somalia and accredited a new ambassador to the horn of Africa country recovering from years of conflict. China, like other nations, closed its embassy and relocated its staff after the breakout of civil war in Somalia in 1991 when the country descended into a chaos and lawlessness that lasted during the next 23 years.<...

18 days ago
10 killed in Somalia car blast

Mogadishu, Oct 13 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and several injured Sunday in car bomb blast in the Somalian capital city, police and witnesses said. The car was parked near a crowded cafe in Mogadishu, Xinhua reported. ...

24 days ago
Somali forces, AU troops recapture key town

Mogadishu, Oct 6 (IANS) Somali forces and the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have recaptured the southern coastal town of Barawe, residents and officials said. The Somali government and AMISOM said the town fell after troops rolled in without much resistance from Al-Shabaab militants, who had controlled the city for several years, Xinhua reported. Uni...

25 days ago
Somali troops capture key port town from al-Shabab

London, Oct 5 (IANS) Somalian government troops supported by African Union forces have captured a key stronghold of al-Shabab Islamists, officials said. According to BBC, it is a significant blow to al-Shabab because they had used Barawe as a supply route for weapons and food and as a base for a lucrative charcoal business. The regional governor said he was in the centre of Baraw...

26 days ago
Somali government forces retake town from militants

Mogadishu, Oct 4 (IANS) Somali government forces backed by African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops Saturday announced the capture of a coastal town from Al-Shabaab militants, officials and media said. The Somalia National Army (SNA) supported by AMISOM peacekeepers have liberated the coastal town of Adale in the Middle Shebelle region after Al-Shabaab terrorists fled the town, Xinhua quot...

1 month ago
Over 500 Al Shabaab members accept Somali government amnesty offer

Mogadishu, Sep 29 (IANS/EFE) A total of 545 members of the armed Islamist militant group Al Shabaab have accepted an amnesty offered by the Somali government after the death of former leader of the militia, Ahmed Abdi Godane. The number was reported Monday by the Barbaar Initiative, an international agency which support the reintegration of former fighters. The increasing number ...

1 month ago
Senior Somali anti-terror force officer shot dead

Mogadishu, Sep 13 (IANS) A top Somali security officer was shot dead in the country's capital Mogadishu Saturday by gunmen in a drive-by shooting, witnesses and police said. The officer, Mohamed Qanuni, was the deputy commander of the anti-terrorism unit of Somalia's National Intelligence and Security Agency. The attackers shot the officer as he drove his car along the street and...

1 month ago
12 killed in Somalia suicide bombing

Mogadishu, Sep 8 (IANS) At least 12 people were killed and 22 others injured Monday when a suicide car bomb hit an African Union (AU) troops convoy on the outskirts of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, officials and witnesses said. The explosives-laden vehicle drove into the AU peacekeeping troops' convoy as they went on the road to the western town of Afgoye, killing and wounding civilians o...

1 month ago
Ahmad Umar named al-Shabab's new leader

Mogadishu, Sep 7 (IANS) Somalia's Islamist militant group al-Shabab has appointed Ahmad Umar as successor to its former leader Ahmed Abdi Godane who was killed in a US air strike. Umar's name was announced in an online statement by al-Shabab, vowing to take revenge for Godane's death, BBC reported. The announcement came minutes after the militant group confirmed Godane's death. T...

1 month ago
Al Shabab names news leader

Mogadishu, Sep 7 (IANS) Somalia's Islamist group al-Shabab has selected Ahmad Umar as successor to its former leader Ahmed Abdi Godane who was killed in a US air strike. The name was announced in an online statement by the militant group, vowing to take revenge for Godane's death, BBC reported. The announcement came just minutes after al-Shabab confirmed Godane's death. The decis...

1 month ago
Somali government urges militants to embrace peace

Mogadishu, Sep 6 (IANS) Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud Saturday called on Islamist militants to embrace peace following the death of Al Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane in a US drone attack. The Somali government and the US administration confirmed that the militant leader died in the drone attack Monday in the Shabelle region, Xinhua reported. I say to the members of Al...

1 month ago
Somali terrorist group leader killed in air strike: US

Washington, Sep 5 (IANS) The US Friday confirmed that Al Shabaab militant group leader Ahmed Godane has been killed in a US air strike in Somalia undertaken over the weekend, a statement said. Godane's removal is a major symbolic and operational loss to the largest Al Qaeda affiliate in Africa and reflects years of painstaking work by US intelligence, military and law enforcemen...

1 month ago
Somalia offers 45-day amnesty to Islamist militants

Mogadishu, Sep 3 (IANS) With a major offensive against the radical group Al Shabaab under way, the Somali government Wednesday offered a 45-day amnesty to Islamist rebel fighters. During an extraordinary meeting of the Somali cabinet, ministers discussed the current security situation of the country and reviewed progress of the new campaign to retake Al Shabaab-controlled areas, Xinhua r...

1 month ago
US drone attacks Al Shabaab leader's home in Somalia

Nairobi, Sep 2 (IANS/EFE) A US drone targeted the home of the leader of the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabaab terrorist organisation, Ahmed Abdi Godane, in Somalia, Somali officials told the media Tuesday. According to the governor of southern Somalia's Lower Shebelle region, Abdukadir Nur Sidi, the attack took place late Monday night. The governor could not confirm Godane's death during th...

2 months ago
'The Expendables 3' high on action, low on performance

Film: The Expendables 3; Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, Jason Statham, Kellan Lutz, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell and Victor Ortiz; Director: Patrick Hughes; Rating: *1/2 Age is only a state of mind - this statement that I heard in the film, immedi...

2 months ago
15 killed in Somalia clash

Mogadishu, Aug 15 (IANS) Fifteen people were killed and dozens injured in a fierce clash Friday morning in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, officials said. Somali government forces backed by African Union peacekeeping troops stormed the house of Ahmed Dai, a warlord and former commissioner of Wadajir district in Mogadishu after his militias resisted a disarmament call, Xinhua reported citing...

2 months ago
Three women killed in Somalia blast

Mogadishu, Aug 3 (IANS) At least three female street cleaners were killed and eight injured Sunday after an explosive hidden in the trash they collected went off in Somalia's capital Mogadishu. According to government officials, the militant group Al Shabaab was probably behind the explosion, Xinhua reported. Witnesses said the huge explosion could be heard across the Hodon distr...

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