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Islamist kill 10 Somali soldiers in attack on base

2014-12-15 13:38

Rebels from the Islamist al-Shabaab group have attacked a military base in southern Somalia, killing at least 10 soldiers and burning two military vehicles, officials say.

Number of Somalis in crisis surges 20%

2014-12-08 14:15

More than three million people in war-torn Somalia – 20% more than last year – need urgent help because of malnutrition, war and other crises, the UN says.

Shabaab claims responsibility for Somalia bombing

2014-12-06 14:50

The death toll has risen to 20 after twin suicide bombings in the Somali town of Baidabo. They added that up to 40 people had been injured.

Crashed Kenyan fighter pilot missing in Shabaab-held Somalia

2014-12-05 12:45

A Kenyan fighter pilot whose jet crashed in an area controlled by al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab fighters in southern Somalia is missing, the army says.

Mass killings raise security concerns in Kenya

2014-12-04 10:19

A series of mass killings by al-shabaab in which non-Muslims have been singled out has increased pressure on Kenya to improve security along a porous border.

Shabaab fingered in Kenya’s latest attack

2014-12-02 15:18

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks in northern Kenya that killed at least 36 quarry workers although the massacre bears the hallmarks of Somalia's al-Shabaab.

New Somali bank hopes to attract foreign funds

2014-12-01 08:58

Somalia's breakaway enclave of Somaliland has formally opened its first commercial bank as part of its effort to attract foreign lenders.

Shabaab militants hijack bus, kill non-Muslims

2014-11-22 11:52
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Police officials say al-Shabaab militants from Somalia have hijacked a bus in northern Kenya and killed 28 non-Muslims on board.

Embattled Somali PM tells ministers to resign

2014-11-18 09:19

Somalia’s OM has told cabinet ministers to resign if they are unhappy, intensifying a dispute which has stymied efforts to rebuild the country after decades of war.

UN authorises patrols against Somali pirates

2014-11-13 09:07

The UN has voted to authorise international ships to keep patrolling sea lanes off Somalia and protecting shipping in the Indian Ocean from pirates who threaten the delivery of humanitarian aid.

12 Somalis acquitted of piracy in Mauritius

2014-11-06 14:44

Twelve Somali men tried for piracy have been acquitted in Mauritius for lack of evidence, court officials said.

Kenyan Muslim preacher shot dead

2014-11-05 11:51

Gunmen in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa have shot dead a moderate Muslim cleric, a vocal opponent of the radical teachings of Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab insurgents, police say.

Somalia power struggles risking peace efforts - EU, UN

2014-11-03 11:05

Power struggles between Somalia's president and prime minister are risking the war-torn country's fragile gains, European Union and United Nations envoys warned Monday in a call for "responsible political leadership."

Somalia seizes weapons ship

2014-10-29 23:16

Somali security forces have intercepted a vessel carrying explosives that appeared to be intended for use by the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab.

Widening rift between Somali leaders

2014-10-26 13:15

Somalia's president has asked cabinet ministers who were recently reshuffled by the prime minister to ignore the order in what appears to be a widening rift between the two leaders of the country.

Somalia's Shabaab stones man to death for rape

2014-10-22 14:48

Somalia's al -Shabaab militants say they had stoned an 18-year-old man to death for raping a woman at gunpoint in one of their strongholds in the southern Lower Shabelle region.

Shabaab plot to attack Ethiopian capital, US says

2014-10-15 12:04

Somali Islamist insurgents are plotting to attack an upmarket area of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, the US embassy has warned, in a notice to citizens to avoid crowded areas.

Somali faces grave problems - UN

2014-10-13 13:59

War-torn Somalia's government remains riddled with corruption while al-Shabaab islamists are as deadly as ever, United Nations investigators say.

Somalia to halt charcoal trade

2014-10-12 07:41

Somalia's president says he will halt charcoal exports from Barawe, a port town recaptured from an Islamist group.

Shabaab down but not out after military setbacks

2014-10-10 13:09

Military strikes that drove al-Shabaab from a strategic Somali port this week and killed their leader last month have dealt the group a hefty blow, but it is far too soon to declare victory.

Somali, African troops take key port from Shabaab

2014-10-05 12:02

Somali troops backed by African peacekeepers have recaptured the last major port held by the Shabaab.

Christmas tree bomb plotter gets 30 years

2014-10-01 22:29

A US judge has sentenced a Somali-American man to 30 years in federal prison for trying to blow up a Christmas tree lighting celebration in Oregon.

Somali militants stone woman to death

2014-09-27 14:15

Somali al-Shabaab militants stoned a woman to death in the southern town of Barawe after a court they had set up declared her guilty of adultery.

3 killed as Somali pirates fight over ransom

2014-09-26 13:54

Police say three people have been killed as pirates clashed in a central Somali town over a ransom paid for the freedom of a German-American journalist.

How the US has justified overseas military action

2014-09-23 15:40

A look at the domestic legal justifications the US has used for military action around the world.

 

7 Somali women killed in 'barbaric' attacks

2014-12-11 09:43

At least seven women have been killed in "barbaric" attacks in Somalia after Shabaab insurgents beheaded a soldier’s wife prompting revenge executions of women close to the Islamists, elders say.

Somali PM voted out of office

2014-12-06 15:46

Somali lawmakers voted Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed out of office, after a row with the president over a cabinet reshuffle that Western donors said threatened the war-torn nation's fragile recovery.

9 killed in twin bomb attack in Somalia

2014-12-06 09:02

At least nine people have been killed in a twin bomb attack in the central Somali town of Baidoa, in the latest in a string of attacks.

Shabaab assassinates ex-lawmaker, bodyguard

2014-12-04 12:21

Somalia's al-Shabaab insurgents say they had assassinated a former lawmaker and his bodyguard and wounded another MP in a drive-by shooting in Mogadishu.

Large blast outside Somali capital's airport - witnesses

2014-12-03 09:21

A suspected car bomb has exploded close to the heavily fortified gates of the airport in Mogadishu, the entrance of the “green zone” and base of foreign embassies in the Somali capital, witnesses say.

Kenya massacre: Attackers 'sprayed' gunfire at tents

2014-12-02 08:52

There are fears some workers may have been abducted when gunman sprayed gunfire at tents at a quarry where workers were sleeping, killing at least 36 people in troubled northeast Kenya.

Kenya bus attack 'an attempt by Shabaab to start religious war'

2014-11-23 07:25

A senior adviser to President Uhuru Kenyatta says the killing of 28 people on a bus in Kenya is an attempt by al-Shabaab militants to start a "religious war", according to a report.

3rd journo killed in Somalia this year

2014-11-19 14:15

Gunmen have shot dead a journalist in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the third killed in Somalia this year, a colleague and the national union of Somali journalists says.

Somali political power struggles turn violent

2014-11-17 19:50

At least two people have been killed in clashes in the Somali town of Baidoa, the latest violence in the war-torn nation sparked by political power struggles.

Uganda suspends 15 officers over sex abuse

2014-11-06 20:47

The Ugandan army has suspended 15 senior officers over allegations that African Union troops have sexually abused women in Somalia, an army spokesperson says.

Uganda suspends officers over Somalia sex abuse

2014-11-06 12:55

Uganda has suspended 15 of its senior military commanders over their conduct in Somalia, including allegations of sexual exploitation, the army says.

UN tells Somalia to quit paying for votes

2014-11-03 16:04

The UN's representative in Somalia says he is concerned bribes are being paid to parliamentarians to oust the prime minister.

Somali pirates free Indian sailors after 4 years

2014-10-31 22:31

Somali pirates have freed seven Indian sailors detained for close to four years in exchange for an undisclosed ransom, Somali officials and a maritime monitoring group says.

UN chief visits war-ravaged Somalia

2014-10-29 14:33

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has met with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud under heavy security in Mogadishu, his first visit to the dangerous capital of the war-torn nation in almost three years.

UN authorises ship inspections near Somalia

2014-10-25 06:45

The United Nations Security Council has authorised the inspection of boats suspected of carrying illegal shipments of charcoal or weapons to and from Somalia.

Kenya: 5 suspected bombers killed

2014-10-20 10:00

Kenyan and Somali soldiers have killed five suspected Islamic extremist bombers attempting to cross into the country from Ethiopia in a car laden with explosives and suicide vests, a spokesperson says.

Bomb hits Somali police car after cafe attack

2014-10-13 20:37

A bomb has torn through a senior policeman's car in Somalia's capital after suspected Islamist militants shelled an area where the president was due to speak.

At least six dead in Somalia blast

2014-10-12 19:17

At least six people have been killed by a car bomb near a popular hotel and café in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Somali pres survives assassination attempt

2014-10-11 18:35

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has narrowly escaped an assassination attempt by the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab.

Somali troops celebrate port capture

2014-10-06 12:51

Somali military commanders have celebrated the capture of the last major port held by Islamist al-Shabaab insurgents, as the government secured control of the town for the first time in over two decades.

+20 Shabaab members killed in Somalia fighting

2014-10-02 09:46

More than 20 combatants of the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab and several soldiers from Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region have been killed in fighting, officials say.

Somalia announces $2m bounty for al-Shabaab leader

2014-09-27 21:14

A 2-million-dollar bounty is in place for information leading to the capture of the new leader of the al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia, announced the country's intelligence chief.

Reporter held in Somalia free after 2 years

2014-09-23 22:30

A German-American journalist and writer, Michael Scott Moore, who was abducted in Somalia two and a half years ago, is free, the German foreign ministry says.

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.

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