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Somali, AU troops retake key port from Shebab: Army, witnesses

Mugadishu - Somali government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers on Saturday recaptured the key port of Merka from Shebab insurgents, just one day after the Islamists swept into the city, the army and residents said.

Blast on Somalia airplane Tuesday 'was caused by bomb'

Mugadishu - A bomb caused the explosion that ripped a hole in the fuselage of a passenger plane shortly after it took off from Somalia's main airport on Tuesday, killing one person, the government said.

One passenger missing after mystery Somalia plane blast: airline

Mugadishu - One passenger is missing after a blast on a commercial airliner that ripped a hole in its fuselage shortly after take-off from Somalia's capital, the airline said Thursday.

Blast on Somalia airliner points to bomb: pilot, expert

Mugadishu - A blast that ripped a hole in a commercial airliner shortly after take-off from Somalia's capital was probably caused by a bomb, aviation experts and the pilot who landed it safely said Wednesday.

Explosion aboard Somalian airliner forces plane to land

Mogadisho - A jet passenger plane in route to Djibouti on the Horn of Africa, a mostly French-and Arabic-speaking country bordered by Red Sea beaches, had to make an emergency landing today after something blew a large hole in the side of the plane.

Shebab Islamists kill 'nearly 20' in Somalia as Kenya mourns war dead

Mugadishu - Islamist Shebab gunmen killed around 20 people in a popular beachside restaurant in Somalia, police said Friday, as neighbouring Kenya mourned soldiers killed by the Al Qaeda-linked group last week.

Kenya brings back bodies of troops killed in Somalia attack

Nairobi - The bodies of Kenyan soldiers killed when Al-Qaeda-linked militants overran their base in Somalia were flown home late Monday draped in the national flag as a rescue operation was underway for survivors.

Kenya in 'search and rescue' as Shebab claims 100 soldiers killed

Nairobi - Kenya said a search and rescue operation was underway in Somalia on Sunday as Al-Qaeda-linked militants claimed to have killed over 100 Kenyan soldiers in Friday's attack on an African Union base.

Shebab storm African Union base in Somalia, casualties reported

Mugadishu - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants stormed an African Union base Friday in the country's southwest, the Somali army said, with witnesses reporting several dead.

Trump shrugs off jihadist video that uses his Muslim ban remarks

Washington - After jihadists used his tough remarks about Muslims in a recruitment video, Donald Trump refused to back down, saying in remarks aired Sunday, "I have to say what I have to say.

Somalia housing boom as Mogadishu emerges from ashes of war

Mugadishu - Somalia's elegant colonial villas were left in ruins by two decades of street fighting among warlords, and the seaside capital Mogadishu was dubbed the most dangerous city in the world.

Trump Muslim remark 'used in jihadist recruitment video'

Nairobi - Republican White House frontrunner Donald Trump's call for a ban on Muslims entering the US have been used by Somalia's Shebab in a jihadist recruitment video, a US monitoring group said Saturday.

Three injured in Mogadishu suicide attack: Police

Mugadishu - A suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday, injuring three people, police and witnesses said.

Two policemen killed in NE Kenya ambush: Red Cross

Nairobi - Gunmen killed two Kenyan policemen and wounded two others on Sunday, the Red Cross said, the latest in a string of killings in the troubled far northeast of the country.

Some Shebab Islamists switching ties from Al-Qaeda to IS: Kenya

Nairobi - Kenyan police warned Thursday of the risk of attacks by Islamist Shebab insurgents claiming they had split into rival factions, with some shifting allegiance from Al-Qaeda to Islamic State.

Somalia bans Christmas and New Year festivities

Mugadishu - Somalia's government has banned celebrations of Christmas and New Year in the Muslim majority country, saying the festivities might attract Islamist attacks.

Four killed in Somalia shooting, car bombing: police

Mugadishu - At least four people were killed and nine wounded on Saturday in a gun attack on a government official in Somalia's capital Mogadishu that was followed shortly afterwards by a car bombing, police said.

Rapper K’Naan to direct new HBO series about jihadi recruitment

Minnesota City - Rapper and poet K’Naan Warsame will direct a new HBO series about jihadi recruitment alongside Oscar winning director, Kathryn Bigelow.

Rival militia forces battle in central Somalia: UN

Mugadishu - Rival militia forces have clashed in central Somalia, the United Nations said Saturday, as it called for troops to pull out from contested zones in the town of Galkayo.

Somalia's Al-Qaeda branch warns members against joining IS

Nairobi - Somalia's Shebab fighters have warned they will "cut the throat" of members who shift allegiance from Al-Qaeda to Islamic State, amid reports some factions have already been punished for doing so.

East Africa hunger to worsen as El Nino strikes: UN

Nairobi - Conflicts, floods and failed rains caused by El Nino have sparked a dramatic rise in the number of people going hungry in east Africa, especially in drought-hit Ethiopia, the United Nations said Thursday.

Over 90,000 hit by Somalia floods: UN

Mugadishu - Over 90,000 people in war-torn southern Somalia have been hit by weeks of severe flooding, almost half of them forced from their homes, the United Nations has warned.

At least 12 die as Shebab attack Somalia hotel

Mugadishu - At least 12 people were killed in the Somali capital on Sunday after Al-Shebab gunmen used a vehicle packed with explosives to blast their way inside a hotel, police said.

Somalia's Shebab warn British troops of welcome 'with bullets'

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab Islamists have threatened to "welcome with bullets" British soldiers due to be deployed in support of an African Union force.

12 Somali soldiers killed in Shebab attack: Officials

Mugadishu - Twelve Somali government soldiers have been killed in an attack by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab militants, officials and witnesses said Saturday.

Illegal fishing off Somalia 'risks return of piracy'

Nairobi - Rampant illegal fishing by foreign trawlers off Somalia's once pirate-infested coastline is threatening economic gains in the Horn of Africa nation and could push communities back to maritime crime, a report warned Tuesday.

'At least 50 dead' in Shebab attack on AU base: Western sources

Nairobi - At least 50 African Union soldiers are believed to have been killed and another 50 are missing after Shebab militants overran a military camp in southern Somalia on Tuesday, according to Western military officials.

Shebab briefly seize AU base in Somalia after suicide attack

Mugadishu - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants briefly seized control of an African Union base Tuesday after ramming a suicide car bomb into it, the AU said, adding it had regained control.

Somalia food aid crisis 'critical': UN

Nairobi - War-torn Somalia remains in a "critical" state four years after a devastating famine, the UN warned on Monday, noting a sharp rise in those needing food aid."The levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are critical.

Dozens killed as Somali Shebab ambush troops: government

Mugadishu - Dozens have been killed in Somalia after Shebab gunmen ambushed an army convoy, officials and local elders said Thursday, the latest battles with the Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents.
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