Somalia


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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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