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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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Insurance companies lose business as pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia drop

A fall in the number of pirate attacks off the Somali coast is forcing down the cost of piracy insurance for commercial ships. International navies have cracked down on pirates, including strikes on their coastal bases, and ship firms are increasingly using armed guards and defensive measures on vessels including barbed wire, scaring off Somali […]

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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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Somalia: Mogadishu police chief survives suicide car bomb explosion, Al-Shabaab claim responsibility

A suicide car bombing killed at least four people and wounded nine others in Somalia. The explosion targeted the convoy carrying Mogadishu’s police chief. Farhan Mohamud, the police commissioner, survived Saturday’s blast, police spokesman Sadiq Aden Ali said. “We confirm that four people, including pedestrians, died in the attack and nine others injured. Al-Shabab militants’ […]

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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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15 killed in suicide bomb attack at military training camp in Somalia

At least 15 army recruits have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a military training camp in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. Army officer Mohamed Adan said the bomber behind Tuesday’s attack were disguised as among recruits queuing up outside the General Dhegobadan Military Camp when the explosion occurred. “I have counted about 15 new […]

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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 […]