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UN Security Council condemns hotel attack in Somalia

United Nations, March 29 (IANS) The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a hotel in Somali capital of Mogadishu that resulted in the heavy deaths of civilians. In a press statement issued on Saturday here, the Council members underlined that neither this, nor any other senseless act of terrorism in Somalia, would dent their resolve to support the peace and r...

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14 killed in Somali hotel attack

Mogadishu, March 28 (IANS) At least 14 people were killed during an Al Shabaab attack and siege at Maka AlMukarama hotel in Somali capital Mogadishu, which lasted for more than 16 hours, a government official said on Saturday. We can officially confirm that over 14 people died in the attack on Friday, including four security officials and Somali ambassador to Switzerland, Yusu Bari Bari,...

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Five Al Shabaab militants killed in Somalia hotel siege

Mogadishu, March 28 (IANS) Police in Somalia's capital Mogadishu confirmed on Saturday that five Al Shabaab militants were killed by security forces during a siege at Maka al Mukarama hotel that has now ended. The Al Shabaab militants who had stormed the hotel on Friday evening are said to have forced their way into the hotel, some disguised as Somali National Army personnel, and engaged...

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10 killed in Mogadishu hotel attack

Mogadishu, March 28 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and scores of others injured in a suicide car explosion and gun attack targeting Maka Almukara Hotel in Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, a police officer said. Ten people died, including Somali Ambassador to Switzerland Yusuf Barari who was wounded and later died in Madina hospital, and many more were wounded in the attack, Xin...

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Five killed in Somalia car blast

Mogadishu, March 27 (IANS) At least five people were killed and scores injured in a suicide car explosion in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Friday, police said. A police officer who requested anonymity said the car exploded at the gate of Maka Al Mukarama Hotel, killing five people and injuring many others, Xinhua news agency reported. The hotel has been a target of similar attacks in th...

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US drone strike kills key Al Shabaab leader

Mogadishu, March 13 (IANS) A senior Al Shabaab intelligence commander is suspected to have been killed in a drone strike by the US in south Somalia, local authorities said. Mohamed Ali, a district commissioner in Garbaharey town, said the drone strike on Thursday evening hit two vehicles carrying three senior Al Shabaab commanders to Gedo region along the Somalia-Kenya border, Xinhua new...

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Nine killed in al-Shabab attack in Somalia

Mogadishu, March 12 (IANS/EFE) Nine people were killed and 12 injured on Thursday when al-Shabab militants attacked the local government headquarters in the southern Somali city of Baidoa, sources said. Several explosions occurred in the morning as militants stormed the residential compound of Baidoa president Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan. Security forces later took control of the a...

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Terrorist in FBI's list arrested in Somalia

Mogadishu, March 3 (IANS) One of the most wanted terrorists on the list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been arrested in Somalia, the country's intelligence agency said on Tuesday. Liban Haji Mohamed, a Somali-born US citizen and former taxi driver in Washington, was captured while he was travelling from the Somalian city of Juba to its capital Mogadishu, Xinhua reported...

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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 month 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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