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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.

Shabaab jihadists raid Ethiopian base in Somalia

Mugadishu - Shabaab fighters attacked an Ethiopian army base in central Somalia early Thursday, in the latest raid targeting foreign soldiers deployed as part of an African Union force in the country.

Leader of Garissa University attack killed in Somalia raid

Mugadishu - A senior Shabaab commander suspected of organising the 2015 attack on Kenya's Garissa University has been killed in a special forces raid in southern Somalia, a local official said Wednesday, as the Al-Qaeda-linked group launched a deadly assault on a ...

Somalia hotel attack over, 10 dead: minister

Mugadishu - An attack on a Mogadishu hotel by jihadist gunmen has ended with at least 10 dead, Somalia's security minister said Thursday.

Kampala bombings mastermind gets life term

Kanpala - A Ugandan court on Friday handed down a life sentence for the mastermind of twin bombings targeting football fans in Kampala that killed 76 people.

Uganda bombing mastermind and six accomplices found guilty

Kanpala - The Ugandan ringleader of a 2010 bombing by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab that killed 76 people in Kampala was found guilty along with six accomplices on Thursday of masterminding one of the region's worst attacks in decades.

No silver lining for Somaliland'a 25 years of 'independence'

Neither the forest of red, white and green flags, nor the ululating women nor the presidential fanfare could mask the bitterness of Somaliland's 25th independence celebrations on Wednesday.

Police, civilians killed in Mogadishu attack

Mugadishu - Islamic jihadists killed three police officers in a bomb and gun attack on a police station in the Somali capital on Monday, city authorities said.

Kenya to stop hosting Somali refugees: govt

Nairobi - Refugees from Somalia will no longer be accepted in Kenya, the government said Friday, citing security fears.

AU mission apologises for killing 4 Somalis taken for Shebab

Mugadishu - The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) apologised for accidentally killing four civilians Saturday after soldiers mistook them for Shebab fighters when they failed to stop at a roadblock.

Somali pirates jailed by French court for fatal hijacking

Paris - Seven Somali pirates were sentenced to between six and 15 years in prison by a French court for the hijacking of a French yacht and killing of its owner in the Gulf of Aden in 2011.

Somali piracy is down, not out

Nairobi - The pirates who once ruled the seas off Somalia are little more than a memory now, but while they are forgotten they are not gone.

Djibouti's strategic position draws world's armies

Arta - A French warship ploughs through the sparkling waters between Africa and Arabia on a joint training drill with the US that highlights Djibouti's growing strategic role for the world's militaries.

Kenya marks Garissa university massacre anniversary

Garissa - Kenyans on Saturday commemorated the first anniversary of a terrorist attack that killed 148 people, mostly students, at a university in Garissa in the country's worst massacre since 1998.

Drought-hit Somalia at 'tipping point': UN

Nairobi - The United Nations' aid chief for Somalia begged for cash Thursday to stave off starvation amid intense drought affecting a million people and to pull the war-torn country "back from the tipping point.""Urgent action is required right now.

Six killed in Somalia Shebab hotel suicide attack

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab insurgents said they carried out a suicide attack at a hotel in the central town of Galkayo Thursday in which six people died, including a senior local government official.

Rivers turn to dust as drought bites Somalia

Mugadishu - Somalia's bread basket has become a dust bowl as the life-giving waters of the mighty Shabelle river run dry amid intense drought in the war-torn country.

Somali pirates in French court over fatal hijacking

Paris - Seven suspected Somali pirates accused of hijacking a French yacht, killing its owner and putting his wife through a hellish kidnapping ordeal, appeared in a Paris court on Tuesday.

Kenyan teacher eyes $1 mn prize for campaign against extremism

Nairobi - Using chalk and a blackboard, Kenyan teacher Ayub Mohamud writes out a simple lesson in front of the packed classroom: "Islam versus violent extremism.

An elephant returns to Somalia for first time in 20 years

Nairobi - An elephant marched hundreds of kilometres and briefly crossed into Somalia this month marking the first time the animal has been seen in the country in 20 years, conservationists said Wednesday.

Special forces stage helicopter raid on Somalia's Shebab

Mugadishu - Special forces operatives in two helicopters staged an overnight raid on Somalia's Shebab insurgents, government officials and the Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen said on Wednesday.

US strike kills at least 150 Shebab fighters in Somalia

Washington - An American air strike on a Shebab training camp in Somalia killed more than 150 fighters planning an imminent attack on forces from the United States and its regional allies, the Pentagon said Monday.

East Africa's Shebab 'can survive for 30 years'

Nairobi - On a Sunday afternoon in late February a car exploded outside a crowded restaurant in Baidoa, Somalia, and moments later a suicide bomber blew himself up among fleeing survivors.

At least 30 killed in Somalia restaurant bombings claimed by Islamists

Mugadishu - At least 30 people have been killed in twin bomb attacks claimed by Shebab Islamists at a busy restaurant in the Somali city of Baidoa, the regional governor said Monday.

12 dead as twin blasts and gunfire rock Mogadishu hotel

Mugadishu - At least 12 people were killed Friday as twin blasts and gunfire rocked a hotel and neighbouring park in central Mogadishu, police said, in an attack claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants.

Kenya 'kills' Shebab intelligence chief

Nairobi - Kenya's army said Thursday it had killed the intelligence chief of the Shebab insurgents and 10 other commanders in an air strike in Somalia.

Shebab claims bomb attack on Somalia plane

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab insurgents on Saturday claimed responsibility for a bomb attack which ripped a hole in a passenger plane shortly after takeoff from the capital Mogadishu earlier this month.
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Some traditional elders of Somalia in Baran, Puntland, Somalia
Ottawa residents line up at the finish line to welcome the Walk for Somalia heroes.
Ottawa residents line up at the finish line to welcome the Walk for Somalia heroes.
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H.E. Fawzia Adan, Somali's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs speaking to the media in Toronto.
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Mogadishu, Somalia.
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Saado Ali Warsame with Hodan Nalayeh  the host of Integration TV.
Saado Ali Warsame with Hodan Nalayeh, the host of Integration TV.
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Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim's visit
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Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim s visit
Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim's visit
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Abla taking landscape pictures of Mogadishu  on board a ship docked in the Sea Port.
Abla taking landscape pictures of Mogadishu, on board a ship docked in the Sea Port.
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Somali-Canadian youth during the public forum at Elmbank Community Centre.
Somali-Canadian youth during the public forum at Elmbank Community Centre.
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A ‘local’ born and raised baby in Somalia.
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Puntland State Emblem
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Abdifatah Warsame, wife Aziza and their children, son Hanad, 8 months old and daughters Samia, 3 (left) and Istar, 5, (right) get ready for the eight -day,Toronto-Ottawa Walk. At the tender age of 8 months, Hanad has made Canadian history by becoming the youngest member ever of a major, trans-cities walk in recent memory.
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Walkers make a brief stopover at Dundas Square  Toronto.
Walkers make a brief stopover at Dundas Square, Toronto.
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Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim s visit
Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim's visit
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A rooftop view of Mogadishu, Somalia.
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Demonstrators holding placards during the downtown Toronto rally.
Demonstrators holding placards during the downtown Toronto rally.
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Istar, 5, and Samia, 3, getting ready for the walk.
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Professor Togane, 2nd right and Abdi'qani Farmajo, left, pose with youth participants at the Days Inn Hotel.
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Shadya Yasin addressing the public during the pro-Farmajo Toronto event.
Shadya Yasin addressing the public during the pro-Farmajo Toronto event.
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