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5 days 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...

6 days 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, ...

7 days 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...

7 days 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...

23 days 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...

23 days 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...

28 days 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...

1 month ago
Somalia repels Al-Shabaab attack on military base

Mogadishu, June 29 (IANS) Islamist extremist group Al Shabaab fighters raided a military base in the southern Somali state of Jubaland but were repulsed after fierce fighting, a senior military official confirmed on Monday. The heavy fighting took place on Sunday night near the military base in Kismayo, the capital city of Jubaland, but denied there were casualties on their side, Xinhua ...

1 month ago
Al-Shabaab attacks Somalian AU base

Mogadishu, June 26 (IANS) Somalian militant group Al Shabaab on Friday attacked an African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) military base in the country's Lower Shebelle region. Lower Shebelle Mayor, Abdulkadir Nor Sidi, said the attack in Lego district saw a suicide bomber blow up his car at the gate of the base, leading to a fierce gun battle. There are many casualties among t...

1 month ago
Security Council condemns attack on diplomats in Somalia

United Nations, June 26 (IANS) The UN Security Council has condemned an attack on a humanitarian convoy carrying diplomats from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Somalia. A car bomb targeting a bullet-proof vehicle carrying diplomats from the UAE on Wednesday killed at least 14 people, including four Somali soldiers, in Mogadishu, Xinhua news agency reported. In a statement, the...

1 month ago
UAE diplomats targeted in Mogadishu, 14 killed

Mogadishu, June 24 (IANS) At least 14 people were killed and five others injured on Wednesday in a roadside car explosion targeting diplomats from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Somali capital, Mogadishu. Police officer Ismail Mohamed told Xinhua that the blast targeted UAE diplomats, adding that eight civilians and six soldiers died in the attack, but UAE diplomats escaped unhurt.

1 month ago
Al Shabaab kills 8 policemen in Somalia

Mogadishu, June 21 (IANS) Al Shabaab militants raided a police station and killed as many as eight officers in a town on the outskirts of the Somalian capital, authorities said. Local police officer Mohamed Ali in Afgoye town told Xinhua that the gunmen stormed the station on Saturday and engaged in a gun battle, killing eight officers and injuring three civilians who were nearby.

1 month ago
Four soldiers killed in Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia

Mogadishu, June 19 (IANS) Four soldiers were killed and six others injured in an attack by Al-Shabaab in Somalia's Gedo region. The offensive began after the militants attacked positions of government forces in the region's Ged-Wayn district on Thursday, Xinhua quoted a local official as saying. We have managed to inflict heavy casualties among the attackers... The fighting laste...

1 month ago
Eight militants killed while attacking conference venue in Somalia

Mogadishu, June 18 (IANS) Eight gunmen, believed to be Al Shabaab militants, died in an attempted suicide attack on a conference venue in the town of Adado in central Somalia on Thursday. The attackers raided the venue of the ongoing State Formation Conference, sparking a fierce gunfight, Osman Adde, a security official, told Xinhua news agency. Four of them blew themselves up, a...

1 month ago
Two soldiers killed in Somalia blast

Mogadishu, June 16 (IANS) At least two Somali government soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb blast on Tuesday as they were travelling in a village on the outskirts of the country's capital Mogadishu, officials said. Two of our soldiers were killed in the blast, a cowardly act by terrorists, military officer Mahad Hayow Sayid told Xinhua news agency. This incident will not sto...

1 month ago
Top Al Shabaab leader killed in Somalia

Mogadishu, June 13 (IANS) A top Al Shabaab leader was killed in a covert operation by the Somali army, officials said on Saturday. Qasim Sheikh was killed after government troops cornered him on Friday night, Aden Abdi Mohamed, deputy mayor of Hudur in Bakool region, told Xinhua news agency. Our forces launched an operation after receiving intelligence that Sheikh was hiding in A...

2 months ago
50 killed in Somali-Ethiopian border clashes

Mogadishu, June 1 (IANS) At least 50 people were killed and scores injured in week-long border clashes between Somali clan militia and an Ethiopian paramilitary unit, Somali authorities said on Monday. Most of the victims were civilians caught in the week-long fighting between the Somali militia and the Ethiopian force known as Liyu police, Xinhua quoted Somalia's Galgadud region Governo...

2 months ago
11 Al Shabaab militants killed in Somalia

Mogadishu, May 27 (IANS) A joint security operation conducted by African Union (AU) troops and Somali military killed at least 11 Al Shabaab militants, and led to the recovery of recovered explosive devices in Bulobarde town of the Hiran region in central Somalia. According to Somali security officer Cabdullahi Barre Cimi, both AU and Somali troops conducted the operation on Tuesday nigh...

2 months ago
Al Shabaab takes control of strategic Somali town

Mogadishu, May 25 (IANS) Islamist militants Al Shabaab seized the control of a strategic town in the southern Somali region of lower Shabelle on Sunday night after government forces vacated it, witnesses and residents said on Monday. According to residents in Janaale town, the militants had taken over the control of the town without firing a single shot after Somali government forces pul...

2 months ago
Somalian MP killed in Mogadishu attack

Mogadishu, May 24 (IANS) A Somali parliamentarian has been shot dead in Mogadishu in an attack by suspected Islamist militants, BBC reported on Sunday. Yusuf Dirir was killed when gunmen opened fire on his car, said security officials. Three workers from the transport ministry also died in a separate drive-by shooting on Saturday. Dirir was killed when gunmen in a minibu...

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