Somalia


Kenyan troops free aid workers held in Somalia

2014-04-11 14:43

Kenyan troops say they have freed two aid workers working with the charities MSF and CARE who were kidnapped by Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels in 2011.

UN staff shot in Somalia 'were experts in piracy'

2014-04-09 15:16

The two UN workers shot dead in central Somalia were working on the links between money transfer systems and piracy, the UN anti-drugs and crime agency.

2 foreign nationals shot dead in Somalia

2014-04-07 12:41

Two foreign nationals have been shot dead at an airport in Galkayo, central Somalia, officials and witnesses say.

Somali, African troops take central town

2014-03-26 21:22

Somali government forces fighting alongside African Union troops have taken back control of a key town from Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels.

Kenyan cops arrest 2 men with bombs

2014-03-18 13:22

Kenyan police have arrested two men suspected of links to a Somali Islamist militant group after they were tracked and found to have two large bombs.

Somali Islamists attack hotel in central region

2014-03-18 11:51

Somali Islamist militants have driven a car bomb at a hotel in a town in central Somalia that was being used by AU and Somali military forces, a resident and the militant group say.

Car bomb blast in Somali capital - police

2014-03-15 14:17

A car bomb has exploded in central Mogadishu near a hotel popular with government officials and businessmen, police and witnesses say.

Somalia: Al-Shabaab flees 5 towns

2014-03-11 16:26

Columns of AU and Somalia troops are moving deeper into land controlled by al-Qaeda-linked militants, forcing fighters to flee five towns in quick succession in a further squeezing of al-Shabaab’s strongholds.

Peacekeepers retake strategic Somali towns

2014-03-09 18:49

African peacekeepers in Somalia operating with government forces have recaptured several strategic towns from the al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militia, officials say.

Car bomb kills 7 in Somali capital

2014-02-27 14:02

A car bomb has exploded near a cafe in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu in an area close to the intelligence headquarters, killing at least seven people, police say.

50 000 Somali kids at risk: UN, govt ask for help

2014-02-25 14:53

Somalia’s president is urging donors to fulfil aid pledges made to his fledging government, while the UN is appealing for aid money, saying 50 000 children are at risk of death from malnutrition.

Attackers wanted to abduct or kill president

2014-02-22 20:28

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked militants say they had planned to either assassinate or abduct President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud when they attacked the presidential compound .

Somalia presidential palace 'back under control'

2014-02-21 14:11

A senior police officer says fighting is over after al-Shabaab attacked the Somali presidential palace, adding human flesh and blood is “scattered” on the scene.

Somali president 'unharmed' in suicide attack

2014-02-21 12:51

Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has not been harmed by a car bombing and suicide attack against the presidential palace in Mogadishu, the UN's special envoy to Somalia says.

Highway hell as city ignores cops

2014-02-20 08:07

If traffic in South Africa is bad then for sure it's hell in Mogadishu. Find out what it's like to drive in post-terror war Mogadishu's capital - it hasn't had traffic cops for two decades.

Somalia wants to expel Islamist rebels

2014-02-19 18:54

A military offensive led by an expanded African peacekeeping force aims to drive Somali Islamist rebels out of their remaining strongholds by the end of 2014.

850 000+ Somalis desperately need food

2014-02-19 07:53

More than 850 000 people in Somalia are in desperate need of food and “in crisis and emergency conditions”, the director of the UN humanitarian operations says.

Al-Qaeda splinter group executes 21

2014-02-14 22:40

An al-Qaeda splinter group in Syria has executed 21 people, including fighters from rival rebel groups and their relatives, a monitoring group says.

Car bomb explodes at Mogadishu airport

2014-02-13 13:41

A large car bomb has exploded close to the gate of Mogadishu’s international airport, causing casualties, police and witnesses say.

Kenya: Bodies of Westgate gunmen with FBI

2014-02-07 21:25

Kenya’s army has revealed that the bodies of the gunmen who attacked Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall last year are in the hands of the FBI.

Shabaab coming under deadly US pressure

2014-01-28 07:51

A US missile strike that killed a high-ranking intelligence officer for al-Shabaab has illustrated the stepped-up pressure on the al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Ethiopian troops join Africa force in Somalia

2014-01-22 14:02

At least 4 000 Ethiopian troops in Somalia have formally joined the UN-backed AU force in the country as it seeks to boost operations against al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels, officials say.

World sea piracy falls for third straight year

2014-01-15 13:32

World sea piracy fell for a third straight year in 2013, as Somali pirates were curbed by international naval patrols and improved ship vigilance, an international maritime watchdog says.

Africa sees violent, deadly start to 2014

2014-01-11 22:10

Sub-Saharan Africa has seen a very violent start to 2014, with raging conflicts in South Sudan and Central African Republic, as well as continued violence in the DRC, and attacks in Somalia and Kenya.

New Puntland president vows to fight insecurity

2014-01-08 21:43

Parliament has narrowly elected former prime minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali as president of Puntland, backing his campaign against corruption and insecurity in the relatively peaceful Somali region.

 

Group accuses Kenya of 'abusing' Somalis

2014-04-11 12:11

HRW has accused Kenya of treating Somalis like scapegoats amid swoops by security forces that have seen thousands arrested and scores expelled back to their torn country.

Concern over mass arrests of Somali refugees

2014-04-08 08:36

The UN refugee agency UNHCR has expressed concern over a wave of arrests of Somali refugees during the weekend in Nairobi.

Kenya: Attacks meant to ignite sectarian violence

2014-04-04 13:18

Kenya’s president says recent attacks in the country, blamed on Somali-based Islamic militants, are meant to provoke a sectarian war but it won’t succeed.

Kenya church attack: Death toll hits 6

2014-03-24 12:20

Two people shot when attackers sprayed a Kenyan church with gunfire have died of their wounds, taking the total killed in the attack to six, government officials say.

Uganda warns of Somali Shabaab attacks

2014-03-18 13:22

Uganda has warned that Somalia’s al-Qaeda linked Shabaab insurgents are planning to use fuel tankers as bombs, one day after Kenya thwarted a “massive” car bomb attack.

Car bomb targets Amisom convoy

2014-03-17 20:32

A convoy of Amisom has been targeted by a car bomb just outside the Somali capital witnesses and a Somali army source say.

Somali, AU troops capture town from Shabaab

2014-03-14 10:55

Somali government forces backed by AU troops have captured a sixth settlement in the latest advance in their renewed offensive against al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab fighters, a spokesperson says.

Shabaab urges Somalis to battle Ethiopia

2014-03-11 10:29

The leader of the al-Qaeda-aligned Islamist group al-Shabaab has urged Somalis to wage holy war against Ethiopia whose forces are preparing to lead an AU offensive against the militants.

UN tightens rules for arms deliveries to Somalia

2014-03-06 11:42

The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to tighten requirements for arms deliveries to Somalia’s.

Somali army invading homes after Shabab attack

2014-02-24 21:22

Security forces in Somalia's capital are carrying out a sweeping crackdown in a hunt for militants and weapons after the latest attack on the presidential palace.

Our enemy has suffered a great deal of harm – Shabaab

2014-02-21 15:26

A military spokesperson for al-Shabaab says government troops have "suffered a great deal of harm but I don't have the exact casualty figures", after the militants attacked the presidential palace.

Heavy exchange of fire at Somali presidential palace

2014-02-21 13:01

There is shelling and heavy exchange of fire between Amison and al-Qaeda-linked militants following an attack on the Somali presidential compound.

Highway hell as city ignores cops

2014-02-20 13:30

If traffic in South Africa is bad then for sure it's hell in Mogadishu. Find out what it's like to drive in post-terror war Mogadishu's capital - it hasn't had traffic cops for two decades.

Stop! Somali traffic police try to restore order

2014-02-19 13:21

Mogadishu has, for the first time, begun installing road signs to try and end a culture of "anything goes" on the Somali streets.

Arms for Somalia diverted to militia

2014-02-15 12:43

UN monitors have found evidence that arms shipments to the Somali government have been diverted to clan militias and Shabaab rebels.

Shabaab claims 'heinous terror attack'

2014-02-14 12:56

Al-Qaeda-linked militants have claimed responsibility for a car bomb that exploded near Mogadishu’s international airport resulting in the death of six people, officials say.

Somali man 'plotting to attack Uganda'

2014-02-12 16:34

A Kenyan official says security agents are looking for a Somali national believed to be part of a terror group plotting an attack in Uganda.

New barrages of mortar fire rattle Mogadishu

2014-02-05 18:50

New barrages of mortar fire frighten Mogadishu residents, reminding them of a more violent time.

Kenya jails 24 Somali pirates

2014-01-23 19:32

A Kenyan court has sentenced 24 Somalis to seven years each in prison for attempting to hijack an Iranian merchant vessel in October 2010.

Pirates seize first ship in Somali area since 2012

2014-01-19 21:35

NAIROBI, Jan 19 - Pirates have seized a merchant ship in the Red Sea and have taken it south towards Somali waters in the first successful hijacking in the region since 2012, maritime officials said on Sunday.

Trial of Kenya mall massacre suspects begins

2014-01-15 12:31

The trial of four men charged in connection with Kenya’s Westgate mall massacre has opened, an attack claimed by Somalia’s al-Qaeda Shabaab insurgents.

Al-Shabaab bans internet

2014-01-09 18:03

The Islamist militia controlling parts of Somalia has banned the use of the internet for fear of spying and surveillance on its operations in the Horn of Africa country.

Somalia's Shabaab boasts of twin hotel bombing

2014-01-02 13:33

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab says it carried out a twin bombing of a hotel in Mogadishu that killed 11, boasting it was the start of its campaign for the new year.

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