Somalia


Harassment haunts Somalis after Westgate

2014-09-19 10:27

Mass arrests, extortion, deportation: One year since the Westgate mall attack, Somalis in Kenya say the attack has left their community battling harassment and denigration.

Kenya mall attack: A tale of nerve-wracking experiences

2014-09-18 08:09

Read about nerve-wracking experiences of Kenyan journalists who covered the 21 September 2013 massacre that left at least 67 people dead at the Westgate mall in Nairobi.

Uganda holds 6 terror suspects, seizes explosives

2014-09-15 15:55

At least six terror suspects have been arrested in a raid on an al-Shabaab cell that was apparently plotting an attack in this East African country, a spokesperson says.

Twelve killed in Somalia attack

2014-09-08 18:21

Twelve civilians have been killed in a Somalia suicide bombing targeting African Union troops.

Shabaab pledge allegiance to new leader

2014-09-08 11:23

Rebels of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab have pledged allegiance to their new leader after his predecessor was killed.

Shabaab's new leader a ruthless hardliner - sources

2014-09-07 15:43

The new leader of Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels is said to be a devout and ruthless hardliner and one of the most trusted lieutenants of the group's late chief.

Somalia on high alert after Shabaab leader's death

2014-09-06 10:36

Somalia's government has warned that the country's al-Shabaab rebels were planning a wave of retaliatory attacks after it was confirmed their leader was killed.

Attack on Shabaab boss may trigger power struggle

2014-09-04 12:59

A hail of US missiles aimed at the leader of Somalia’s al-Shabaab militants may have left a gaping hole in the group’s leadership, potentially the biggest challenge to its unity.

Shabaab boss probably died in Somalia strike

2014-09-03 17:01

The death of the leader of Somalia's Shabaab rebels in a US airstrike is a “very strong probability” but still unconfirmed, security sources say.

Airstrike may have hit Somali Shabaab leader

2014-09-02 21:40

The Pentagon is assessing whether an airstrike on an encampment in Somalia killed al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane,

Air strikes targets al-Shabaab leader

2014-09-02 11:30

US military forces have launched air strikes against the leader of Somalia's al-Shabaab, the government says, claiming 'casualties' but with no details if the main target was killed.

Somalia: Extremists attack high security prison

2014-08-31 15:41

Heavily armed suspected Islamic militants have attacked a high security prison in Mogadishu, in an apparent attempt to free militants held there, police say.

Kenya: Man says he is wanted Somali terror suspect

2014-08-22 20:10

A Somali man in Kenyan police custody has admitted that he is Hassan Hanafi, who is wanted in Somalia for the killing of journalists, a senior Kenya police official says.

Somali pirate kingpin finally arrested

2014-08-20 08:29

Somali security forces have arrested one of the country's most powerful pirate chiefs, who once hijacked giant vessels earning him multi-million dollar ransoms, security sources say.

Somali security forces shut radio station

2014-08-15 22:22

Somali security forces have stormed one of Mogadishu's main radio stations arresting 20 staff members and seizing equipment.

Mogadishu: Warlord's house raided by troops

2014-08-15 10:29

The sounds of warfare have rattled Mogadishu residents from their beds as government troops launched an attack on a house belonging to a former warlord.

UN Security Council envoys visit war-torn Somalia

2014-08-13 14:30

UN Security Council ambassadors met with Somalia's president under heavy security in the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu, the presidency said in a statement.

E Africa drought, war puts 14m at risk

2014-08-09 08:18

Poor rains and multiple conflicts across eastern Africa have put over 14 million people in need of food aid, three years since extreme drought devastated the region.

Somalia new military push to begin in days

2014-08-06 11:09

Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud says he expects a new military drive by African Union and Somali forces to push al Shabaab militants from more territory to begin soon.

Somalia executes three suspected militants

2014-08-03 20:08

Three men have been executed by firing squad after a Somali military court found them guilty of killing civilians in a series of recent attacks in the country blamed on al-Shabaab .

Alarming malnutrition in Somali capital

2014-07-28 22:06

The United Nations has reported alarming rates of malnutrition in the Somali capital where aid agencies cannot meet the needs of 350 000 people.

'Shabaab commanders' killed in AU offensive

2014-07-25 13:14

AU troops in Somalia say they have killed two “senior” commanders of the al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab insurgents, in the latest push of an offensive against the extremist fighters.

Somali woman MP shot dead by Islamists

2014-07-24 05:00

A Somali member of parliament famed for political and patriotic songs she sang over decades was shot dead in Mogadishu by Islamist gunmen.

3 years after devastating famine, Somalia faces new threat

2014-07-20 13:31

Three years to the day since a famine that eventually killed more than a quarter of a million people was declared in Somalia, aid agencies have warned the country faced a new catastrophe.

 

Kenya massacre: Developments one year on

2014-09-18 08:09

One year after Somalia's Shabaab rebels stormed Nairobi's Westgate mall, killing at least 67 people in a four-day siege, multiple questions remain.

Somalia's al-Shabaab denies Uganda claim

2014-09-16 05:00

Somalia's al-Shabaab militants have denied that Ugandan authorities had foiled an attack by the group.

SA mercenary dies in Shabaab attack - report

2014-09-08 20:31

A South African mercenary reportedly is among the victims of twin bombings by Shabaab militants in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

HRW: Amisom raped vulnerable Somalis

2014-09-08 14:43

Internationally-funded AU troops in war-torn Somalia have raped women and traded food aid for sex, Human rights Watch says in a damning report.

Shells hit Mogadishu after Shabaab leader's death

2014-09-08 08:04

A Somali police officer says mortar shells struck a Mogadishu neighbourhood a day after the al-al-Shabaab named a new leader and vowed to avenge the death of the previous leader killed by a US airstrike.

Somalia's Shebaab rebels appoint new leader

2014-09-06 22:31

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shebaab militants have announced the appointment of a successor to their former leader who was killed in a US air strike.

Al-Shabaab leader Godane death confirmed

2014-09-05 18:07

The Pentagon has confirmed that Ahmed Godane, a founder of the al-Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a US air strike in Somalia this week.

Somalia: Shabaab leader's fate remains unclear

2014-09-03 08:53

US forces have carried out airstrikes against senior members of Somalia’s Shabaab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the group’s leader, officials say.

Shabaab tight-lipped on leader's fate after US air strike

2014-09-02 18:01

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels are tight-lipped over the fate of their leader, a day after a US air strike against senior members of the Islamist militia.

US military targets extremists in Somalia

2014-09-02 10:28

The Pentagon says US military forces have targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabaab network in an operation in Somalia.

9 killed in clashes between rivals in Somalia

2014-08-29 08:52

At least nine people have been killed in fighting between rival areas in Somalia's Somaliland region, residents say, highlighting the fragility of security improvements in the nation.

Somali journos face trial as govt denies torture

2014-08-21 16:09

Three senior Somali journalist are set to face trial for broadcasts allegedly inciting violence, the government says, dismissing reports they had been tortured in jail as "pure fabrication".

Ethiopia now Africa's biggest refugee host

2014-08-19 15:36

The spiralling crisis in war-ravaged South Sudan has sent nearly 200 000 refugees into Ethiopia, making it Africa's largest refugee-hosting country.

Somali journos urge fair trial for colleagues

2014-08-18 10:33

Somalia's journalist union has urged the government to ensure a fair trial of three colleagues arrested when security forces stormed a major radio station for 'negative' broadcasts.

Kenyan intelligence boss quits

2014-08-15 11:57

The head of the Kenyan intelligence service, which has been criticised in recent months for failing to stop a spate of attacks blamed on Islamist militants from neighbouring Somalia has resigned.

Government trying to disarm Mogadishu

2014-08-14 20:31

Somalia's government has launched a new disarmament campaign that has netted some 500 guns during four raids.

Somali Shebab say 18 dead in attack on govt troops

2014-08-09 17:08

Somalia's hardline Islamists have reported heavy fighting in battles against government and African Union troops in the central Hiran region.

Kenya downplays security risks, looking for aid

2014-08-08 10:37

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, in the US to court western investors, has sought to downplay the violent attacks tied to militants in neighbouring Somalia and their impact on Kenya's economy.

Somalia appeals for urgent aid amid drought

2014-08-05 17:28

Somalia's government has begged for help, warning the war-torn nation once again faced a hunger and drought catastrophe.

Fifth Somali MP killed in Mogadishu

2014-08-02 06:15

Islamist militants shot dead a Somali MP in the capital Mogadishu by blocking his car and spraying him with bullets.

Food aid need in Somali capital - UN

2014-07-26 13:21

Over 350 000 people in Somalia's war-ravaged capital are in acute need of food aid as government and charities struggle to cope, the UN has warned, with other cities also in crisis.

How our animals are dying

2014-07-25 07:26

As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45%, researchers say.

Gunmen kill 3 in Kenyan coast – police

2014-07-21 10:10

Police says three more people have been killed by unknown gunmen on the Kenyan coast where 94 people have so far perished in less than a month in attacks claimed by al-Shabaab.

2 killed in Somalia attacks

2014-07-17 14:54

At least two people have been killed in Somalia in separate attacks, including a car bombing in the capital Mogadishu, officials and witnesses say.

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