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Unicef to immunise 30,000 Somali children against measles

Mogadishu, April 25 (IANS) The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) on Tuesday began an emergency campaign to immunise 30,000 children against measles in Baidoa, one of the hardest-hit areas in Somalia. Steven Lauwerier, Unicef's Representative in Somalia, said the children have never been immunised before and come from remote areas. Health workers often cannot reach them because of d...

12 days ago
UAE's foundation to launch work on dam in Somalia

Mogadishu, April 14 (IANS/WAM) The UAE's Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation will launch work on a dam in Somalia's Hargeisa city in the next two days to continue efforts to curb famine in the country. The United Arab Emirates-funded project is being carried out upon directives from President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It complements the For Your Sake, Somalia campai...

14 days ago
8 Indians held by Somali pirates freed: Officials

Mogadishu, April 12 (IANS) Somali troops on Wednesday rescued eight Indians who had been taken hostage two days earlier by pirates near the coastal town of Hobyo, officials said. Our forces have on Wednesday morning rescued eight Indian crew who had been held hostage by Somali pirates in El Hur area, said the Hobyo police chief Bashir Elmi. We have also arrested four pirates in ...

17 days ago
10 killed in Mogadishu bomb blast

Mogadishu, April 9 (IANS) At least 10 people, including Somali soldiers, were on Sunday killed in a suicide car bomb attack near the Ministry of Defence in Mogadishu, reportedly targeting the new army chief. Somalia's state news agency SONNA reported that the suicide car bomb attack left at least 10 people dead and injured more others. A security official, wishing that he not be ...

20 days ago
20 killed as landmine hits minibus in Somalia

Mogadishu, April 7 (IANS) At least 20 passengers were killed when their commuter minibus was hit by a landmine in Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, officials said. Deputy Governor of Lower Shabelle region for Security Affairs Ali Nure Mohamed on Thursday told reporters that Al-Shabaab militants planted the landmine on the ground to blow up African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) vehicl...

21 days ago
Six die in Mogadishu restaurant attack

Mogadishu, April 5 (IANS) At least six persons were killed and 10 injured in an explosion at a restaurant outside two Somali government ministries on Wednesday. A car loaded with explosives went off at the entrance of the restaurant which is located opposite the Sports Ministry in Shangani district, police officer Ahmed Elmi told Xinhua news agency. The Internal Security Ministry...

24 days ago
Abducted Somali journalist found alive

Mogadishu, April 3 (IANS) A Somali journalist who was abducted on Saturday at gunpoint was found alive on Sunday after being tortured by his kidnappers, media reports said. Hanad Ali Guled, who is working for an independent Goobjoog radio and television station, said he escaped from his abductors after the vehicle they were travelling in developed problems as they tried to move him from ...

1 month ago
5 killed in Mogadishu car bomb

Mogadishu, March 22 (IANS) At least five people including government soldiers were on Tuesday killed and more than 10 others injured after a huge car bomb attack occurred at a checkpoint at National theater near Somali Presidential palace in Mogadishu, an official said. Spokesman of Benadir regional Administration Abdifitah Omar Halane told reporters that the terrorist militant group of ...

1 month ago
Sri Lankan crew on hijacked vessel freed without ransom

Colombo, March 17 (IANS) Eight Sri Lankan crew members of a fuel tanker, hijacked off the coast of Somalia earlier this week, have been released unharmed without a ransom payment. Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha De Silva told a press conference in Colombo that the crew had been released on Friday morning and he thanked all countries who had helped coordinate the safe release of the crew.<...

1 month ago
UN chief visits Somalia amid famine, cholera

Mogadishu, March 7 (IANS) UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived here on Tuesday at a time of urgent need to address an outbreak of cholera and severe drought ravaging the Horn of Africa nation. Guterres, who flew in here from Nairobi, called for a global response to stop deaths in Somalia and noted that people were dying of hunger and cholera, Xinhua news agency reported. ...

2 months ago
30 killed in car bomb attack in Somalia

Mogadishu, Feb 19 (IANS) At least 30 people were killed in a huge car bomb blast at a busy market in the south-central Banaadir region of Somalia on Sunday, officials said. The Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) confirmed the incident at Kawo-Gudey area in Wadajir district, saying the casualties included both soldiers and civilians, Xinhua news agency reported.

2 months ago
Former Prime Minister is new President of Somalia

Mogadishu, Feb 9 (IANS) Former Prime Minster Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was elected the new president of Somalia after the incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamud conceded his defeat after two rounds of voting. Farmajo garnered 184 votes against his closest contender Mohamud who got 97 votes in the second round to emerge as winner. The third candidate, former president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, got 45...

2 months ago
Somalia enhances security ahead of presidential polls

Mogadishu, Feb 8 (IANS) Somali government on Tuesday announced a ban on flights arriving and departing from Mogadishu airport and also beefed up security ahead of the Wednesday presidential elections. Transport and Civil Aviation Minister, Ali Ahmed Jama informed travel agencies of the flights suspension as well as traffic movement in the capital during the elections, Xinhua reported.

2 months ago
Al-Shabaab overruns Kenyan military base in Somalia

Mogadishu, Jan 27 (IANS) Militant group Al-Shabaab on Friday attacked and overran a military camp manned by Kenyan soldiers under the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) in a small town near the Kenya-Somalia border. Residents in the remote town of Kulbiyow said casualties were feared after explosions and gunfire broke out between the military and militants, Xinhua news agency repo...

3 months ago
Al Shabaab militants storm Mogadishu hotel, kill 15

Mogadishu, Jan 25 (IANS) At least 15 people are killed and more than 20 injured on Wednesday in an Al Shabaab militant attack on a hotel here, Somali police sources told the media. After detonating a car bomb at the entrance of the popular Dayah hotel, the home-grown militants stormed the interior, shooting indiscriminately before detonating another bomb, and taking several hostages, Efe...

3 months ago
Al-Shabaab militants storm Mogadishu hotel

Mogadishu, Jan 25 (IANS) Al-Shabaab militants on Wednesday stormed a hotel in the Somali capital here after detonating a bomb at the gates and have taken several hostages, witnesses told the media. Radical propagandist radio station Andalus Radio said there were several fatalities, but it has not been confirmed. The attackers detonated a car bomb at the doors of the popular Dayah...

3 months ago
Gunmen storm Mogadishu hotel

Mogadishu, Jan 25 (IANS) A group of armed men on Wednesday stormed a hotel in Somalia's capital here, after detonating a bomb at the gates of the building, several witnesses told the media. Gunshots continue to be fired inside the Dayah hotel, Efe news reported. The number of casualties, if any, is still not known. --IANS in/bg ...

3 months ago
US confirms airstrike against Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

Mogadishu, Jan 13 (IANS) The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) on Thursday confirmed that African Union forces and US Advisors launched an airstrike against Al-Shabaab as part of counter-terrorism exercise on January 7. AFRICOM said in a statement received on Thursday that the self-defence strike was conducted against an Al-Qaida-associated terrorist group in Gaduud, a town in north of Kismayo...

3 months ago
US confirms airstrike against Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

Mogadishu, Jan 13 (IANS) The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) on Thursday confirmed that African Union forces and US Advisors launched an airstrike against Al-Shabaab as part of counter-terrorism exercise on January 7. AFRICOM said in a statement received on Thursday that the self-defence strike was conducted against an Al-Qaida-associated terrorist group in Gaduud, a town in north of Kismayo...

3 months ago
US confirms airstrike against Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

Mogadishu, Jan 13 (IANS) The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) on Thursday confirmed that African Union forces and US Advisors launched an airstrike against Al-Shabaab as part of counter-terrorism exercise on January 7. AFRICOM said in a statement received on Thursday that the self-defence strike was conducted against an Al-Qaida-associated terrorist group in Gaduud, a town in north of Kismayo...

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