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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...

2 days 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...

2 days 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...

6 days 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...

8 days 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 ...

10 days 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...

11 days 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...

12 days 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...

21 days 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...

1 month ago
10 killed in car explosion in Somalia

Mogadishu, April 21 (IANS) Ten people were killed in a car explosion at the entrance of a busy restaurant in Somalia's capital Mogadishu while scores of others were injured, police said. Police officer Mahad Mohamed told Xinhua news agency at the scene that the car exploded at the entrance of a busy restaurant, which is barely 50 metres away from the Central Hotel which was the scene of ...

1 month ago
Nine killed in attack on UN bus in Somalia

Mogadishu, April 20 (IANS) At least nine people were killed and seven others injured on Monday in an attack on a UN bus in Garowe in north-eastern Somalia, police said. Those killed included two Kenyans and seven Somali guards, Xinhua quoted the police as saying. Sources said the bomb might have been planted under a seat of the vehicle and it exploded as the vehicle entered the ...

1 month ago
Seven killed in attack on UN vehicle in Somalia

Mogadishu, April 20 (IANS) At least seven people were killed in an attack on a UN vehicle in Garowe, the capital of Puntland in northeastern Somalia, on Monday. Four UN Children's Fund (Unicef) staff members were among the dead and four other staff members were in serious condition, the agency said in a statement. Abdiwali Hirsi, Puntland's information minister, told Al Jazeera ...

1 month ago
Over 20 killed in Al Shabaab attack in Somalia

Mogadishu, April 15 (IANS) Six soldiers and 15 civilians were killed in the attack on a government building that house two Somali ministries in Mogadishu, authorities said. Security ministry spokesperson Mohamed Yusuf said the soldiers were killed when they confronted the attackers who stormed the education headquarters after destroying the wall using a bomb-laden car, Xinhua reported.

1 month ago
Eight killed in attack on Somalia education ministry headquarters

Mogadishu, April 14 (IANS) At least eight people were killed following an attack on Somalia's education ministry headquarters in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, police said. Police officer Nor Ali at the scene told Xinhua news agency the attackers first triggered an explosion at the ministry's wall near the gate before storming the building and taking over. All attackers have b...

1 month ago
Somalia places up to $250,000 bounty on Al-Shabaab leaders

Mogadishu, April 10 (IANS) The Somali government has placed a bounty of $100,000 to $250,000 on 11 most wanted leaders of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group. Government spokesman Ridway Haji said Somalia would give $250,000 to anyone with information leading to the capture or killing of Al-Shabaab leader Mohamed Diriye, and another $150,000 for senior Al-Shabaab commander Mahad Karate, Xinhu...

1 month ago
Al Shabaab warns Kenya of further attacks

Mogadishu, April 4 (IANS) Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab has warned Kenya of further attacks three days after the attack on the Kenyan university which has so far claimed 148 lives. In a statement, Al-Shabaab accused Kenya of atrocities against Muslims in Kenya and the same by Kenya defence forces in Somalia, noting that Kenya would not enjoy peace until security becomes a reali...

1 month ago
Kenya copes with aftermath of university attack

Nairobi, April 3 (IANS) A day after a deadly terrorist attack on a university in northeastern Kenya, the east African nation on Friday tended to the scores of people who were injured and security forces sealed off the site of the tragedy. The Kenyan government provided four helicopters to airlift scores of victims who were critically injured in Thursday's terrorist attack on the Garissa ...

1 month ago
Somali president condemns Kenya university attack

Mogadishu, April 3 (IANS) Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Friday condemned the attack by Al Shabaab gunmen on a Kenyan university, terming it barbaric and with no place in culture and religion. In a statement, Hassan Mohamud sent his condolences to the families of those deceased in the attack by the merciless terrorists, Xinhua news agency reported. He said the attack s...

1 month ago
Al Shabaab: who they are

Nairobi, April 2 (IANS) The militant group Al Shabaab (The Youth in Arabic), that has claimed responsibility for Thursday's deadly attack on a university in Kenya that left at least 70 people dead, has been battling the UN-backed government in Somalia, and has carried out a string of attacks in neighbouring Kenya. The group, which is allied to the Al Qaeda, has been pushed out of most of...

1 month ago
Who are Al Shabaab?

Nairobi, April 2 (IANS) The militant group Al Shabaab (The Youth in Arabic), that has claimed responsibility for Thursday's deadly attack on a university in Kenya, has been battling the UN-backed government in Somalia, and has carried out a string of attacks in neighbouring Kenya. The group, which is allied to the Al Qaeda, has been pushed out of most of the main towns in Somalia it once...

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