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Mogadishu market car bomb kills at least eight

Mugadishu - A car bomb exploded near a busy market in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday killing at least eight people, police said, as medical sources warned the toll could be far higher.

Men made a mess of Somalia, now women want to fix it

Mugadishu - Raped, abused and subjected to genital mutilation, many women suffer terribly in Somalia, an unrepentantly patriarchal country shown by successive surveys as one of the worst places to be female.

In Somalia, voting under way but democracy delayed

Afgooye - With its security-sealed plastic boxes and cardboard polling booths, Somalia's election –- under way since last month and still ongoing –- has the trappings of democracy, but few of the functions.

Shabaab 'takes Somali town' after Ethiopia troop pullout

Mugadishu - Fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group said Sunday they had retaken control of a town in central Somalia after hundreds of Ethiopian troops serving with the African Union's AMISOM force withdrew.

Fierce clashes in key Somali town close to Mogadishu

Mugadishu - Fighting between Somali troops and Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab fighters was ongoing Tuesday in the key town of Afgoye, some 30 kilometres (18 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu, a security source and a witness said.

Somali general killed in suicide car bomb attack

Mugadishu - A top Somalia general known for fighting the jihadist Shabaab group, was killed on Sunday when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into his vehicle, officials and witnesses said.

Five dead in Shabaab suicide car bomb at Somalia hotel

Mugadishu - At least five people were killed and 28 injured when jihadists exploded a suicide car bomb outside a popular hotel close to the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Tuesday.

Seven killed in Mogadishu beach restaurant attack

Mugadishu - Seven people were killed in an attack by Shabaab jihadists on a popular beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu, city authorities said on Friday.

Shabaab gunmen attack beach restaurant in Mogadishu

Mugadishu - Shabaab jihadists attacked a beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday, setting off a car bomb before exchanging fire with security forces, an AFP correspondent said.

At least 10 dead in twin blasts in Somalia town: official

Mugadishu - At least 10 people were killed Sunday in two explosions in a town in central Somalia, police said.The Shabaab militant group claimed responsibilty for the blasts in the town of Galkayo, some 700 kilometers (440 miles) northeast of Mogadishu.

Somalia sets presidential vote for October 30

Mugadishu - Somalia will hold a delayed presidential vote on October 30 with parliamentary polls starting next month, an official statement sent to AFP Monday said, in what international backers hope will signal a long-awaited return to stability.

Car bomb attackers kill 6 in assault on Somali police building

Mugadishu - Six people were killed Sunday in a gun and car-bomb assault on a police building in the centre of the Somali capital that also left seven assailants dead, Security Minister Abdirasak Omar Mohamed said.

Suicide bomber was former Somali MP: Shabaab

Mugadishu - A former Somali MP who joined the Shabaab group in 2010 was one of two suicide bombers who killed 13 people near a United Nations and African Union base, the militants announced Wednesday.

Twin suicide bombs kill 13 near Mogadishu airport

Mugadishu - At least 13 people were killed on Tuesday in twin bombings near UN and African Union buildings by Mogadishu's airport, police said, in what the jihadist Shabaab group claimed as a suicide attack.

New Shabaab leader labels Turkey Somalia's 'enemy'

Mugadishu - The leader of Somalia's Shabaab jihadist group Ahmed Diriye described Turkey as "the enemy of the nation" and accused foreign peacekeeping forces of plundering the country, in an audio message published Tuesday.

Roadside bomb 'kills eight' on Somalia minibus

Mugadishu - A roadside bomb ripped apart a minibus just outside Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday, killing at least eight people and injuring several others, a witness said.

Somalia minister among 11 killed in Mogadishu hotel attack

Mugadishu - A junior minister was among 11 people killed in an attack by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab militants on a hotel in the Somali capital, the foreign ministry said Sunday.

Eleven dead in Mogadishu hotel attack claimed by Shabaab

Mugadishu - At least 11 people were killed Saturday in an attack on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu that was swiftly claimed by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab militants.

'Massive explosion', attack under way at Mogadishu hotel

Mugadishu - A huge blast followed by heavy gunfire rocked a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, a resident and AFP reporters said, the latest in a string of attacks targeting hotels and restaurants.

Shebab confirms death of Garissa attack leader

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab jihadists have confirmed the death of a commander suspected of organising the 2015 attack on Kenya's Garissa University that left 148 people dead.
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