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Somalia Hotel Siege: At least 21 killed in al-Shabab attack in Mogadishu

Somali security forces have said they rescued 106 people who were trapped inside a hotel that had been stormed by militants on Friday night. Twenty-one people are confirmed to have died in the 30-hour ordeal, the health ministry said. The fight to retake the hotel ended overnight, officials said. The assailants used explosives to gain […]

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Somalia: Suicide bomber targets delegates involved in parliamentary elections, 6 killed

A suicide bomber targeting a minibus full of delegates involved in Somalia’s parliamentary elections killed at least six people in Mogadishu, the ambulance service said, as the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab armed group claimed responsibility for the attack. The blast occurred early on Thursday as the vehicle was passing a busy junction on a road heading to […]

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Attackers ambush minibus in northern Kenya, 7 killed

At least seven people have been killed in a roadside blast in northern Kenya. Attackers ambushed a minibus, locally known as a matatu, after the blast and opened fire on its occupants near Mandera town, a police statement said. Survivors were taken to hospital with various injuries, as the attackers fled the scene, the police […]

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Somalia: 7 killed in suicide car bomb explosion near presidential palace in Mogadishu, Al-Shabab claim responsibility

A suicide car bomb which exploded near the presidential palace in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday has killed at least seven people. District police chief Mucawiye Ahmed Mudey told reporters that at least eight others had been injured. Militant group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack targeted a convoy heading towards the […]

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11 killed as suicide bombing hits Somalia’s capital Mogadishu

Eleven people have died in a suicide bombing in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, police said. The attack on Tuesday has killed and wounded civilians and members of the security forces. “There are still investigations going on but with all indications so far, a suicide bomber caused the blast,” police officer Mohamed Ali was quoted by AFP. […]

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Somalian firing squad execute 21 al-Shabab militants for series of attacks

Twenty-one members of Islamist militant group al-Shabab were executed in Somalia’s semi-autonomous state of Puntland after they were convicted for a series of attacks. They were sentenced by a military court in Galkayo and shot by a firing squad. State radio said 18 of the men had carried out assassinations and bombings over more than […]

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Somalia: Suicide bomber targets regional governor outside Baidoa hotel, 3 killed

A regional governor in Somalia has escaped a suicide bombing that killed at least three people, including two of his bodyguards, according to officials. Five more people were wounded on Saturday when a suicide bomber detonated himself outside a hotel in Baidoa, the capital of Somalia’s Bay region and administrative capital of the South West […]

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Siege at beachside Somalia hotel ends killing at least 17

At least 12 people were killed at the beachside Elite Hotel in Somalia, in addition to five militants. Somali special forces were in a siege at the hotel in the capital Mogadishu that was stormed by armed al-Shabab militants. The attackers detonated a car bomb outside the hotel on Sunday before storming it and seizing […]

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Airstrike in Somalia kills al-Shabab’s senior commander

An air strike in Somalia has killed a senior commander of militant Islamist group al-Shabab, state radio reports. The US issued a reward of $5 million in 2008 for information on the whereabouts of Bashir Mohamed Qorgab. The US carries out frequent air strikes in Somalia to target militants. Qorgab’s family confirmed his death. He […]