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Somali president cancels extension of his term in office following backlash

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said he won’t extend his term in office by two years, following domestic, international pressure and clashes in the capital, Mogadishu. Mohamed’s term expired in February, but the country failed to hold elections as planned. Earlier this month, the lower house of parliament voted to extend his four-year term by […]

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Supporters and opponents of Somalia’s President clash in Mogadishu

The supporters and opponents of Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed clashed on Sunday on the streets of the capital Mogadishu over the extension of his four-year term. The president signed a law in mid-April extending his mandate for two years, stoking opposition inside Somalia and putting him on a collision course with Western and other […]

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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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6 killed in suicide bombing at tea shop in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu

Five civilians, including a child, have been killed when a suicide bomber detonated himself at a tea shop in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, according to police “Around 7pm in the evening, a suicide bomber detonated himself at a tea shop frequented by the youth,” police spokesman Sadiq Dudishe said in a statement on Saturday. “Six people, […]

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Al Shabaab militants attack two military bases belonging to Somali National Army

Al Shabaab militants attacked two military bases belonging to the Somali National Army early on Saturday morning, witnesses and the militants said. Al Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaeda, is made up of Islamist militants who have waged years of attacks and levied tolls on trade in a campaign to introduce strict religious law. The […]

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Somalia: At least 20 dead, dozens wounded by suicide car bomb blast

A suicide car bomb explosion outside a restaurant near the port in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Friday killed at least 20 people and wounded 30 others. The blast sent plumes of smoke into the sky and triggered gunfire, state owned media reported. “So far we have carried 20 dead people and 30 injured from the […]

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Gunmen storm Mogadishu hotel in Somalia, 5 dead

At least five people were killed in a gun-battle between militant Islamists and Somali security forces at a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu. The attack at the Afrik Hotel began on Sunday after a car bomb explosion. Al-Shabab said it was responsible. The group, which is linked to al-Qaeda, regularly carries out attacks against the […]

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Trump orders WITHDRAWAL of US troops from Somalia

The Trump administration in the United States has ordered the withdrawal of nearly all US troops from Somalia by 15 January, the Pentagon said. US has about 700 troops in the country helping local forces battle al-Shabab and Islamic State militants. US officials said some of the troops would move to neighbouring countries, allowing for […]

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United States intelligence officer killed during combat in Somalia

A United States intelligence officer was killed in Somalia last week according to officials within the U.S. government. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer was wounded in an operation in the country and later died. The identity of the officer has not been made public, however the American media reported that the officer was a […]

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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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Italian aid worker kidnapped in Kenya returns home after 18 months

An Italian aid worker, who was abducted in Kenya in November 2018, has been flown back to her home country. Silvia Romano, 25, embraced her parents and sister, and was greeted by Italy’s prime minister and foreign minister after she landed in Rome. She was freed from suspected Islamist group al-Shabab near Somalia’s capital Mogadishu […]

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Ethiopia admits to shooting down Kenyan aid aircraft in Somalia

Ethiopia on Saturday admitted it was behind the shooting down of a privately owned Kenyan plane in Somalia earlier this week, resulting in the deaths of all six people on board. The plane was shot down on Monday by Ethiopian troops protecting a camp in the town of Bardale in southwestern Somalia, the Ethiopian army […]