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4 days 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...

5 days 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...

5 days 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 ...

6 days 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...

7 days 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...

9 days 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....

10 days 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...

11 days 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...

12 days 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...

12 days 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...

14 days 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. ...

14 days 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. ...

17 days 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...

23 days 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...

1 month ago
World Cup fever grips Mogadishu

Mogadishu (Somalia), June 12 (IANS) Residents of Somalia capital Mogadishu are frantically doing last minute shopping to be able to enjoy the 2014 FIFA World Cup that kicks off in Brazil Thursday night. Hundreds of shoppers flocked to the main Bakara market to buy TV sets, satellite dishes and receivers Wednesday to view the 2014 World Cup for the first time since the ouster of the radical ...

1 month ago
Al-Shabaab commander surrenders to Somali government

Mogadishu, June 8 (IANS) A senior Al-Shabaab militant commander in Somalia have surrendered to authorites. Sheik Mohamed Said Atom Saturday gave himself up to authorities, saying he will not take part in violence in the country, Xinhua reported. The militant commander has been active in the northeastern state of Puntland where his militias operated in the mountain region of Galgala f...

1 month ago
UN Security Council renews mission in Somalia

United Nations, May 30 (IANS) The UN Security Council Thursday extended a UN mission in Somalia for one more year to continue providing good offices in the country's peace and reconciliation process. In an unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member Council commended the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) for its first 12 months of operation and decided to extend UNSOM' ...

1 month ago
UN slams terror attack on Somali parliament

United Nations, May 25 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council Saturday strongly condemned a deadly terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab militants on Somalia's parliament that left at least 10 people dead and more than 11 others wounded. The secretary-general condemns the attack by suicide bombers and gunmen on Somalia's federal parliament, Xinhua quoted Ban's spokespe...

1 month ago
Seven killed in Somalia car bomb explosion

Mogadishu, May 24 (IANS) At least seven suspected militants were killed Saturday in Somalia when a car bomb exploded outside the country's parliament here, a police official said. The suicide car bomb exploded outside the gate of the parliament. Security forces killed seven militants who tried to enter the building, the police official told Xinhua. Witnesses said that the car sped to...

1 month ago
Five killed in Somalia car bomb explosion

Mogadishu, May 24 (IANS) At least five suspected militants were killed Saturday in Somalia when a car bomb exploded outside the country's parliament, a police official said. The car bomb went off at the outer gate of the Somali parliament in capital Mogadishu, Xinhua reported. The militants were killed by the security forces before they could enter the parliament, the police officia...

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