Mogadishu

NAIROBI, Kenya | Ex-Somalia extremist now running for office is arrested

NAIROBI, Kenya  — The former No. 2 leader of Somalia’s al-Shabab extremist group, who is now a top candidate in a regional election next week, was arrested on Thursday, prompting violent protests in which four people were killed, officials said. Mukhtar Robow, once al-Shabab’s spokesman, was arrested by Ethiopian troops that are part of the … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Ex-Somalia extremist now running for office is arrested

NAIROBI, Kenya | Toll rises to 53 dead from bomb blasts in Somalia’s capital

NAIROBI, Kenya— Somali hospital and police sources say the death toll from Friday’s bombings outside a hotel in Mogadishu has risen to 53 with over 100 injured. Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer, said many of the injured suffered horrific wounds, raising fears that death toll could rise further. The figure given by … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Toll rises to 53 dead from bomb blasts in Somalia’s capital

MOGADISHU, Somalia | 4 car bombs explode by hotel in Somalia’s capital; 20 dead

MOGADISHU, Somalia  — Four car bombs by Islamic extremists exploded outside a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, Friday afternoon killing at least 20 people and injuring 17, said police. After the three explosions in front of the hotel, a fourth blast hit as medics attempted to rescue the injured. The suicide bombs detonated near the … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | 4 car bombs explode by hotel in Somalia’s capital; 20 dead

MOGADISHU, Somalia | 2 car bomb blasts kill 6 in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia  — Two car bombs hit Somalia on Sunday, killing six people. Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels claimed responsibility for the first suicide car bomb blast that that killed four people when it exploded near the gate of a military base in Afgoye town, 30 kilometers (18 miles) northwest of Mogadishu. Al-Shabab has claimed the … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | 2 car bomb blasts kill 6 in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia | Suicide car bomb hits military base in central Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle killing four people near the gate of a military base in Afgoye town, 30 kilometers (18 miles) northwest of Mogadishu. Col. Ahmed Ali said that two of the dead were soldiers and fatalities could increase from the 10 injured … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | Suicide car bomb hits military base in central Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia | Eritrea and Somalia restore ties, want UN sanctions lifted

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Eritrea and Somalia have agreed to restore diplomatic relations, both countries announced Monday in another thaw in the restive Horn of Africa region, while Somalia’s leader called for sanctions on Eritrea to be removed. Eritrea’s information minister shared the joint statement on Twitter as Somalia’s president ended a historic three-day visit to … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | Eritrea and Somalia restore ties, want UN sanctions lifted

MOGADISHU, Somalia  | Eritrea says it and Somalia restore diplomatic ties

MOGADISHU, Somalia  — Eritrea says it and Somalia have agreed to restore diplomatic relations in another thaw in the restive Horn of Africa region. Eritrea’s information minister has announced the agreement on Twitter as Somalia’s president ends a historic three-day visit to one of the world’s most closed-off nations. There is no immediate comment from … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia  | Eritrea says it and Somalia restore diplomatic ties

MOGADISHU, Somalia | Somali leader makes 1st visit to Eritrea in diplomatic thaw

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Another diplomatic thaw was underway Saturday in the restless Horn of Africa region as Somalia’s president visited Eritrea for the first time and years of tensions gave way to an embrace. “Somalia is ready to write a new chapter of its relations with Eritrea,” Abdinur Mohamed, a spokesman for President Mohamed Abdullahi … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | Somali leader makes 1st visit to Eritrea in diplomatic thaw

MOGADISHU, Somalia | Somali leader visits Eritrea in possible diplomatic thaw

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia’s president has arrived in Eritrea amid another diplomatic thaw in the restless Horn of Africa region. “Somalia is ready to write a new chapter of its relations with Eritrea,” Abdinur Mohamed, a spokesman for President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, announced on Twitter. The two nations have not had diplomatic ties for nearly … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | Somali leader visits Eritrea in possible diplomatic thaw

MOGADISHU, Somalia | Extremists attack Somali military base in country’s south

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A Somali military officer says its troops have repulsed an extremist assault on a military base. Col. Ahmed Hassan said that the attack targeted a military base in Sanguni, a small village in southern Somalia. Hassan said the troops identified a car bomb and detonated it and then extremists on foot attacked … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | Extremists attack Somali military base in country’s south

U.S. Department of State News: Amendments to the Terrorist Designations of al-Shabaab

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The Department of State has amended the designation of al-Shabaab – an al-Qa’ida affiliate in Somalia – to include al-Hijra and other aliases.  These aliases have been added to al-Shabaab’s designations as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Amendments to the Terrorist Designations of al-Shabaab

MOGADISHU, Somalia | 6 dead after attackers target Somalia’s presidential palace

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somali security forces shot dead three extremists and foiled an attempted al-Shabab attack on the presidential palace that began with a car bomb exploding, police said Saturday. The confrontation came a week after an attack on the nearby interior ministry compound in Mogadishu killed at least nine people, again raising questions about … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | 6 dead after attackers target Somalia’s presidential palace

MOGADISHU, Somalia | At least 9 dead in ongoing attack on Somali ministry

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A least nine people were killed in an attack on Somalia’s interior ministry and security forces continued to battle gunmen inside, police said Saturday, as the al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility. Gunfire could be heard amid reports that a number of people, mostly government workers, were trapped in the ministry on what … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | At least 9 dead in ongoing attack on Somali ministry

MOGADISHU, Somalia | German nurse’s abduction in Somali capital raises fears

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — As night fell, gunmen sneaked into the International Committee of the Red Cross compound in Somalia’s capital through a back door and seized a German nurse and a local colleague before forcing them outside and into a waiting car. The daring attack, carried out despite the presence of nearly 10 security … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | German nurse’s abduction in Somali capital raises fears

MOGADISHU, Somalia | Red Cross says female staffer abducted in Somali capital

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Armed gunmen stormed into the International Committee of the Red Cross compound in Somalia’s capital and abducted a German nurse on its staff, the aid group said late Wednesday. The kidnapping of the woman in Mogadishu was the latest in a series of targeted attacks on aid workers in the long-chaotic Horn … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | Red Cross says female staffer abducted in Somali capital

US airstrike in Somalia destroys vehicle carrying explosives

MOGADISHU, Somalia/January 03, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)—The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed two al-Shabab extremists and destroyed a vehicle carrying explosives, “preventing it from being used against the people in Mogadishu.” The U.S. Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred early Tuesday about 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of the … Continue reading US airstrike in Somalia destroys vehicle carrying explosives