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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...

10 days 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...

17 days 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...

29 days 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...

1 month ago
Somali lawmaker gunned down

Mogadishu, Aug 1 (IANS) Suspected Islamist gunmen Friday shot dead a Somali member of parliament, Aden Mohamed Madeer, in a drive-by shooting in the capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses said. Gunmen in a vehicle sprayed bullets on the lawmaker in the Hamarweyne district of Mogadishu. Madeer is the fifth MP to be killed in Mogadishu this year. The lawmaker instantly died after ...

1 month ago
Somali lawmaker, driver gunned down

Mogadishu, July 23 (IANS) Somali lawmaker Saado Ali Warsame and her driver were killed by suspected Islamist gunmen Wednesday in a drive-by shooting in the capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses said. The lawmaker, who is also a prominent singer, was shot along with her driver at the main junction in Mogadishu by gunmen who shot at her vehicle while speeding past, Xinhua reported.

1 month ago
UN envoy slams attack on Somalian government

United Nations, July 10 (IANS) The UN secretary-general's special representative for Somalia Wednesday condemned Tuesday night's attack on Villa Somalia, the seat of the Somali Federal Government in Mogadishu, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said here. Four people including three militants were killed in an attack overnight on the presidential palace in Mogadishu. The attackers used ca...

1 month ago
Four killed in Somalia presidential palace attack

Mogadishu, July 9 (IANS) Four people, including three militants, were killed in an overnight attack on the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, government sources said Wednesday. Somali Minister of Information Mustaf Sheikh Ali Duhulow said four militants tried to penetrate an office complex that houses various ministries but were quickly halted by Somali security forces and...

1 month ago
Somalia's presidential palace attacked by Al Shabab

Mogadishu, July 8 (IANS) Islamist militants of the Al Shabab outfit Tuesday attacked the heavily-fortified presidential palace here in the Somalia capital, a media report said. Heavy gunfire and explosions ensued between the militants and security men. An Al Shabab spokesman said fighting was still going on, BBC reported. The report said Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was ...

1 month ago
UN seeks urgent humanitarian aid for Somalia

Nairobi, July 8 (IANS) The top UN relief official for Somalia Tuesday appealed to the international community to provide urgent funding to help aid agencies which provide emergency food assistance to Somalis. Philippe Lazzarini, UN resident humanitarian coordinator in Somalia, warned in a statement issued in Nairobi that the Horn of Africa nation risked drifting into a humanitarian crisis d...

1 month ago
UN warns of worsening food security situation in Somalia

Nairobi, July 7 (IANS) The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Monday warned of the worsening food security situation in Somalia in the next several months as a drought looms in the Horn of Africa nation. FAO's Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia (FSNAU) said the situation has been compounded by poor rainfall, shrinking humanitarian assistance and access, rising mal...

1 month ago
Five killed in Somalia car bomb attack

Mogadishu, July 5 (IANS) At least five people were killed Saturday when a car bomb exploded at the entrance of the Somali parliament in capital Mogadishu. According to witnesses, the victims comprise two soldiers, two civilians and the fifth was shot dead by soldiers as he drove past the attack site, Al Jazeera reported. It was a large explosion, a suicide car bomb, an official said....

1 month ago
Why is the world in grip of jehadist menace?

Three momentous events, all in November-December 1979, are the genesis of a great deal of chaos the world faces today. First, was the return of Ayatollah Khomeini to Tehran and the Iranian occupation of the US embassy, a siege which lasted 444 days. The siege began Nov 4. The Iranian revolution coincided almost exactly with the siege of the Grand Mosque in Mecca Nov 20, 1979. Armed W...

2 months ago
Somali lawmaker shot dead

Mogadishu, July 3 (IANS) Somali lawmaker Mahamud Mohamed Hayd was shot dead by a gunman Thursday in the country's capital Mogadishu, police said. The member of parliament was shot a number of times by an assailant and died. The attacker escaped from the scene and police are in pursuit of the culprit, police officer Omar Juus told Xinhua. The killing comes as the Somali capital sees a...

2 months ago
Four killed in Kenya cargo plane crash

Nairobi, July 2 (IANS) At least four people were killed Wednesday when a cargo plane crashed into a commercial building in Kenya's capital city of Nairobi, an official said. The Mogadishu-bound Fokker 50 cargo plane crashed shortly after taking off from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Xinhua reported. It is not clear what caused the crash, but initial investigat...

2 months ago
Kenya relocates over 2,700 refugees to camps

Nairobi, July 2 (IANS) The Kenyan government has relocated 2,760 refugees and asylum seekers to the refugee camps in northern Kenya, the UN said Tuesday, adding 360 people others including five refugees were deported to Mogadishu. The latest report from the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Eastern Africa says the relocation or deportation of refugees and asylum see...

2 months ago
Two killed in Somalia explosion

Mogadishu, June 30 (IANS) A blast at a government office in the northern district of Karan in Somalia's capital Mogadishu Monday left at least two people dead and and five others injured, police and witnesses said. The explosion hit a municipal office of the local Mogadishu administration as workers gathered for the day's work, police officer Mohamoud Baar said, according to Xinhua. ...

2 months ago
Two killed in Somalia government office explosion

Mogadishu, June 30 (IANS) At least two people were killed and five injured Monday in a municipal office in Somalia, an official said. We believe that the bomb was somehow hidden inside the office and was detonated with a remote. One soldier and a civilian died in the explosion, Xinhua quoted the official as saying. The incident occurred in Mogadishu's Karan district. ...

2 months ago
Aid agencies help displaced Somalis return home

Mogadishu, June 27 (IANS) A consortium of international aid agencies said that they have helped about 11,000 displaced Somalis to return home, media reported Friday. Despite large-scale returns to many parts of Somalia are not possible at the moment, there is general recognition of the fact that solutions to protracted large-scale displacement will be an integral element of sustainable peac...

2 months ago
Somali journalist killed in car bomb explosion

Mogadishu, June 21 (IANS) A Somali journalist was killed Saturday when a bomb attached to his car went off in Mogadishu, media reported. The award winning journalist Yusuf Ahmed Abukar was killed in Hamarweyn district when a bomb believed to have been attached to his car exploded, Xinhua quoted the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) as saying. The Somali journalists union e...

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