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2 days ago
Somali prime minister names new cabinet

Mogadishu, Jan 12 (IANS) Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke Monday announced a 60-member cabinet, which retains key allies of the president. The list consists of a deputy prime minister, 25 ministers, 25 assistant ministers and nine state ministers with the president's key allies retaining influential positions in the new set-up. After long discussions with the presi...

7 days ago
20 Al-Shabaab militants killed in Somalia

Mogadishu, Jan 7 (IANS) At least 20 Al Shabaab militants were killed and 29 others were injured by government troops in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region, media reported Tuesday. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, leader of the Puntland in the country's northeast, confirmed that Puntland Defence Forces (PDFs) killed 20 Al-shabaab militants and injured another 29 in a two-day fight against the...

9 days ago
Al Shabaab claims responsibility for Somalia bomb attack

Mogadishu, Jan. Jan 5 (IANS) Somalia's Al Shabaab militant group has claimed responsibility for Sunday's suicide bomb attack in Somali, which killed at least 6 people and injured several others. We are targeting convoy of special forces units Alpha Group, and killed many of them at suicide attack, Xinhua reported citing Al-Shabaab spokesperson Ali Mohamud Rage as saying. The bomb...

11 days ago
No Ebola outbreak in country: Somali government

Mogadishu, Jan 3 (IANS) The Somali government Saturday said there was an Ebola outbreak in the country, saying there were no cases of the disease there. Health Minister Ali Mohamed Mohamud refuted media reports that there was a suspected Ebola case in the town of Buulo Sharey in the lower Shabelle region, reported Xinhua. As soon as we heard the rumours of a case of Ebola in Soma...

12 days ago
One killed in Somalia roadside blast

Mogadishu, Jan 2 (IANS) At least one person was killed and 14 others, including seven Kenyan teachers, were injured in a roadside blast in Galkcayo, a city in central Somalia, authorities said Friday. Our bus was heading to the market when suddenly we heard a huge explosion, which injured the teachers and killed the security guard. The bus was also extensively damaged, Mohamed Abdulqadir...

15 days ago
Al Shabaab intelligence chief killed in US drone strike

Mogadishu, Dec 30 (IANS) The National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) of Somalia confirmed Tuesday the killing of Al Shabaab intelligence chief Tahlil aka Abdishakur in a US drone strike. Abdishakur was killed in the US drone attack on Monday night at around 8 p.m. near Saakow town in the middle Juba region of Somalia, Xinhua reported citing a NISA press statement. Cooper...

16 days ago
Somalia refuses to hand over captured Al-Shabaab commander to Kenya

Mogadishu, Dec 29 (IANS) Somali security agencies said they had turned down a request from the Kenyan defence forces to hand over the captured Al-Shabaab commander, Zakariya Ismail Hersi. Col. Abass Ibrahim Gurey has confirmed to media that they rejected the request from their Kenyan counterparts, Xinhua reported. Kenyan defence forces are part of the Africa Union (EU) peacekeepi...

17 days ago
Somalia confirms arrest of Al-Shabaab commander

Mogadishu, Dec 28 (IANS) Somalia has confirmed the arrest of a top Al-Shabaab commander who had a bounty of $3 million on his head, a police official said Sunday. Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi was among the seven Al-Shabaab members on the US' list of wanted terrorists, Xinhua reported. The official said that Hersi negotiated with the Somalian government, but he was arrested before ...

18 days ago
Senior Al-Shabaab militant leader arrested

Mogadishu, Dec 27 (IANS) A senior commander of the Al-Shabaab militant group has been detained near the Kenya-Somalia border, Somali security agencies said Saturday. Officials said Zakariya Ismail Hersi was arrested after a tip off from the members of the public, Xinhua reported. Hersi who is on a US wanted list, is believed to be a close aide of former Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Ab...

18 days ago
UN slams attack on African Union base in Somalia

United Nations, Dec 27 (IANS) The United Nations Friday condemned an attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which led to the deaths of a number of peacekeeping soldiers and civilian contractors. UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon in a statement issued here by his spokesperson, strongly condemned the attack which took place Thursday on the AMISOM base camp, located in th...

19 days ago
Four killed in Somalia terrorist attack

Mogadishu, Dec 26 (IANS) Three African Union (AU) soldiers and one civilian contractor were killed Thursday when terrorists attacked the base of the AU peacekeeping force known as AMISOM in Mogadishu, an AMISOM statement confirmed Friday. Terrorists dressed in Somali National Army (SNA) uniforms broke though the base camp around lunch time and tried to gain access to critical infrastruct...

19 days ago
10 Al-Shabaab terrorists killed in Mogadishu clash

Mogadishu, Dec 26 (IANS) At least ten terrorists were killed and two others captured alive when they attacked AMISOM headquarters in Mogadishu. Al-Shabaab militants attacked the main base of the African Union (AU) peacekeeping force known as AMISOM in Mogadishu Thursday, with explosions and gunfire heard inside the base. Explosions and gunfire were heard inside AMISOM base, as fi...

20 days ago
Al-Shabaab attacks AU base in Somalia

Mogadishu, Dec 25 (IANS) Al-Shabaab militants Thursday attacked the main base of the African Union (AU) peacekeeping force known as AMISOM here, with explosion and gunfire heard inside the base. Explosion and gunfire were heard inside the AMISOM base, as fighters attacked the place, Xinhua quoted an eyewitness as saying. Al-Shabaab spokesperson Abdulaziz Abu Musab confirmed the a...

20 days ago
Somalia's new PM takes office

Mogadishu, Dec 25 (IANS) Somalia's new Prime Minister, Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke, took over office from his predecessor Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed in a ceremony held Thursday. Ahmed congratulated Sharmarke and requested that the parliament and the president work with Sharmarke in order to achieve his constitutional duties, Xinhua reported. I am very pleased that I am handing over the ...

21 days ago
Somali parliament approves new PM

Mogadishu, Dec 24 (IANS) The Somali parliament Wednesday approved the appointment of new Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, who vowed to draw up an inclusive cabinet. Sharmarke, who was ambassador to the US, replaces Abdiwali Sheikh Ahmed, who was forced out by parliament members in a vote of no confidence after falling out with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in early Decembe...

28 days ago
Somalia president appoints new prime minister

Mogadishu, Dec 18 (IANS) Somalia's president Wednesday announced the appointment of former prime minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke as the country's new prime minister. Sharmarke, who is the current ambassador to the US, replaces the last premier, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who was relieved of his duties after parliament passed a vote of no confidence on him early December. Ahmed...

1 month ago
Somalia law makers vote out PM

Mogadishu, Dec 6 (IANS) Somalia's prime minister lost his job after members of parliament voted on a no-confidence motion against him, Al Jazeera reported. Parliament voted Saturday to oust Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who had a falling out with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. Earlier, the UN, US and European Union (EU) all warned that power struggles are putting at risk the progress...

1 month ago
France denounces attack on UN convoy in Somalia

Paris, Dec 4 (IANS) France Thursday condemned the attack on a UN convoy in Somalia's capital Mogadishu and reiterated support to Somali authorities to cope with terrorism risks, foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said. Wednesday's attack which left four dead must not remain unpunished, Nadal added after a daily e-press briefing. Paris paid condolences to the families of the ...

1 month ago
Attack on UN convoy in Somalia outrages UN chief

United Nations, Dec 4 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is outraged by the terrorist attack on a UN convoy in Somalian capital city of Mogadishu, his spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday. A suicide bomber smashed a car packed with explosives into the convoy near the airport of Mogadishu Wednesday morning, killing at least four people, Xinhua reported. Though no UN sta...

1 month ago
Six killed in Somalia car bomb attack

Nairobi, Dec 3 (IANS/EFE) At least six people were killed Wednesday in a suicide car bomb blast near the airport in Somalia's capital Mogadishu when a UN convoy was passing by, police sources told Efe news agency. It was not immediately clear if the attack targeted the UN and Somali government convoy which was on its way to the airport, or if any passengers in those vehicles were among t...

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