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9 hours 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 ...

16 days 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...

21 days 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...

23 days 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...

23 days 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...

23 days 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...

24 days 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...

26 days 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...

27 days 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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 ...

2 months 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.

2 months 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...

2 months 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...

2 months 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 ...

2 months 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...

2 months 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...

2 months 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....

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