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8 days ago
12 killed as militants attack Somali hotel

Mogadishu, Nov 1 (IANS) At least 12 people were killed on Sunday as Al-Shabaab militants stormed a hotel in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, police and witnesses said. Police officer Mohamed Hassan told Xinhua that a car bomb hit the gate of the Sahafi hotel and then several gunmen stormed in. They entered the hotel exchanging heavy gunfire with the security but Somali security for...

8 days ago
Explosions kill 12 in Somali capital: Police

Mogadishu, Nov 1 (IANS) At least 12 people were killed here on Sunday in a car bomb explosion outside a hotel, police said. Attackers exploded a car bomb before going inside the hotel. Twelve people were reported dead, Xinhua news agency reported citing police. At least two laud explosions were heard, followed by intense gunfire between police and the attackers. ...

18 days ago
UN declares end to Somalia polio outbreak

Mogadishu, Oct 22 (IANS) UN agencies on Thursday declared an end to the 2013-2014 polio outbreak in Somalia, which affected nearly 200 people, most of them children. The announcement came 14 months after the last polio case was identified, according to a joint statement by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organisation (WHO) and the partners of the Global Polio Eradication In...

1 month ago
At least four killed in Somalia blast: Police

Mogadishu, Sep 27 (IANS) At least four people have been killed and several others wounded in a bomb explosion in Kismayo city, southern Somalia, police said. Mohamed Ahmed, a police officer in Kismayo said that three civilians and one soldier were killed in the explosion in a busy restaurant in the city. A bomb planted inside the restaurant exploded while several people were insi...

1 month ago
10 Al-Shabaab militants killed in Somalia

Mogadishu, Sep 24 (IANS) Somali military officials said that at least 10 Al-Shabaab militants were killed in the Bay region of the country. Abdullahi Sheikh Ahmed, a senior military officer in the region, told journalists that Somali and Ethiopian troops also burnt three vehicles after intense battle with the militants on Wednesday, Xinhua reported. During the fighting, we killed...

1 month ago
Nine killed in blast near Somali presidential palace

Mogadishu, Sep 21 (IANS) At least nine people were killed and 14 injured on Monday evening when a car bomb exploded at the gate of Somalia's presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu, police said. Police officer Ahmed Shire told Xinhua that two Somali soldiers, four civilians and three foreigners were killed. He said some of the people who died were getting out of the nearby hotel.

1 month ago
Four soldiers killed in Somalia

Mogadishu, Sep 17 (IANS) At least four Somali soldiers were killed and 10 others were injured in an explosion inside a military base in Kismayo town, southern Somalia, military officials said on Thursday. Senior Military officer Abukar Yacqub told Xinhua that at least four soldiers died and 10 others were wounded while they were standing in a queue to collect their salaries. We w...

2 months ago
15 Al-Shabaab militants killed in Somalia attack

Mogadishu, Sep 8 (IANS) At least 15 Al-Shabaab militants were killed on Tuesday when militants attacked a police station in Somalia's lower Shabelle region, officials said. The attack was repulsed by the Somalia army and AMISOM forces that took place around 6.00 a.m. at Qoryoley, Lower Shabelle, African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) said on its twitter handle. AMISOM said the...

2 months ago
African Union base attacked in Somalia

Mogadishu, Sep 1 (IANS) Fighters from the Al Shabab Islamist militant group on Tuesday attacked an African Union (AU) military base in southern Somalia, inflicting heavy casualties. The Islamist militants said they have at least killed 70 AU soldiers at the Janale base, 90km (55 miles) south-east of the capital Mogadishu. However, official reports have not provided details of the...

2 months ago
Over 850,000 people face acute food insecurity in Somalia: UN study

United Nations, Sep 1 (IANS) Somalia's humanitarian situation remains alarming four years after a devastating famine with the number of people requiring emergency aid rising 17 percent to more than 850,000, according to the latest UN-managed food assessment study. The levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are critical, said Peter de Clercq, UN humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, a...

2 months ago
16 killed in Somalia suicide attack

Mogadishu, Aug 22 (IANS) At least 16 people were killed and over 30 injured on Saturday in a suicide attack at a military base in Somalia. The incident took place in the port city of Kismayo, Xinhua news gency reported. The suicide bomber was one of Al-Shabaab fighters before he abandoned the group to join the Somali army one year ago, Somali military commander Muse Ali said. ...

2 months ago
25 Al Shabaab militants killed in Somalia

Mogadishu, Aug 20 (IANS) At least 25 Al Shabaab militants were killed by government troops in Hiran region of Somalia, military officials said. Senior military officer Mohamed Omar told Xinhua on Wednesday that government troops along with Ethiopian forces conducted operations against the militant group in the past 48 hours in the region. During this military operation, we killed...

3 months ago
AU, Somali forces capture villages from Al-Shabaab in Somalia

Mogadishu, Aug 7 (IANS) The Africa Union (AU) forces, alongside Somali government troops, on Thursday captured several villages in central Somalia's Hiran region from Al-Shabaab militants, a local official said. Hiran region mayor Abdifitah Hassan Afrah said the joint forces seized the villages after fierce battles during which the AU fighter jets conducted air strikes on the militants, ...

3 months ago
German behind Somalia hotel attack

Mogadishu, July 29 (IANS) A German citizen of Somali origin was behind the July 26 bomb attack on Jazeera Hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu that killed 15 people, a senior Somali intelligence officer said on Wednesday. Investigations are still continuing and it is too early to give full update, but what I can confirm is that the male bomber was a German citizen of Somali origin who ju...

3 months ago
Obama rules out sending troops to Somalia

Addis Ababa, July 28 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama said that his government would not consider sending troops to Somalia, as he sees regional allies Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda as being highly qualified to lead an anti-terrorism operation on the ground. I think there's been complementarity in the work that we've done together. So we don't need to send our own Marines, for example, ...

3 months ago
15 dead in Somalia hotel blast

Mogadishu, July 27 (IANS) At least 15 people, including a Chinese national, have died in a hotel blast in this Somali capital. Police officer Abdulle Mohamed said that a suicide bomber detonated his car at the gate of the hotel and killed 15 people, with most of them civilians, Xinhua reported. Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack, say...

3 months ago
15 killed in Mogadishu hotel blast

Mogadishu, July 26 (IANS) At least 15 people were killed and a number of others injured in a blast at a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Sunday, police said. A suicide bomber blew up his car at the gate of the Jazera Hotel, located near the Mogadishu international airport, police officer Abdulle Mohamed told Xinhua. He said most of the dead were civilians. Their bodies hav...

4 months ago
Four killed in Mogadishu hotel attack

Mogadishu, July 10 (IANS) At least four people were killed and two others injured on Friday as al Shabaab militants attacked two hotels near the presidential palace in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, police said. A car bomb explosion targeted Wahliye hotel near the presidential palace. First the suicide bomber detonated his car, and then gunmen stormed Wehliye hotel, Xinhua quoted polic...

4 months ago
Gunmen attack hotel in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, July 10 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen on Friday sparked a fierce gun battle in a hotel near the presidential palace in Somali capital Mogadishu, police said. No casualties were confirmed, while a number of people were trapped inside the building amid sporadic exchanges of gunfire, Xinhua quoted police officer Ahmed Shire as saying. A huge car bomb explosion targeted Wahli...

4 months ago
Three Al Shabaab militants killed in Somalia

Mogadishu, July 6 (IANS) Three Al Shabaab militants were killed in fierce fighting after the Al Qaeda-allied insurgents launched an attack on a government military base in Jala-laksi district of Hiran region in central Somalia. Jala-laksi deputy administrator Mahamod Fidow told journalists on Monday that Somali military officers repulsed the attack by heavily armed Al-Shabaab fighters on...

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