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Somalia News

Somali 'Shebab' attack ends with four militants killed

Mogadishu - Somali security forces said Sunday they had killed at least four Shebab militants, ending a coordinated car bomb and gun attack against the national intelligence headquarters and a detention facility in the capital Mogadishu.

Troops 'liberate' Islamist stronghold in Somalia offensive

Mogadishu - African Union forces claimed to have liberated a former Shebab stronghold in Somalia on Saturday as part of a joint offensive with government troops aimed at capturing key ports from the Islamist fighters.

Somalia sentences Islamist killers of journalist to death

Mogadishu - A military court in Somalia has sentenced two Islamist Shebab gunmen to death for killing a journalist, the information minister said Saturday.

Somali Singer, MP, Saado Ali Warsame Assassinated in Mogadishu Special

Toronto - Legendary Somali singer and parliamentarian, Saado Ali Warsame was shot dead near her hotel residence in the Hodan District of Mogadishu around 12:00pm local time when her vehicle was sprayed with bullets by armed militants.

Shebab claims deadly strike on Kenya bus

Nairobi - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab on Saturday claimed an attack on a bus near the Kenyan vacation island of Lamu in which seven people were killed.

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Somalia sacks security chiefs after latest Shebab attack

Mogadishu - Somalia's president sacked his security chiefs Wednesday after Islamist Shebab fighters struck the heart of government in an escalating campaign of attacks in the capital and across east Africa.

Militants storm Somalia presidential palace

Mogadishu - Islamist Shebab rebels carried out a major bomb and armed attack on Somalia's presidential palace, penetrating the heavily fortified complex in the capital Mogadishu before blowing themselves up.

Al Shabab fighters storm presidential palace in Somalia

Mogadishu - Al-Shabab fighters stormed the presidential palace in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The Interior Ministry reported the the president Hassan Mohamud was not in the compound when the attack happened.

Shebab launch major attack on Somalia's presidential palace

Mogadishu - Somalia's Islamist Shebab rebels carried out a major bomb and armed assault against the country's presidential palace late Tuesday, penetrating the heavily-fortified complex before blowing themselves up.

Shebab launch major attack on Somalia's presidential palace

Mogadishu - Somalia's Islamist Shebab rebels carried out a major bomb and armed assault against the country's presidential palace late Tuesday, penetrating the heavily-fortified complex before blowing themselves up.

Several killed by Somali suicide car bomb blast near parliament

Mogadishu - Several people were killed when a powerful suicide car bomb exploded near Somalia's parliament in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, police and witnesses said.

Somalia's Shebab warn of Mogadishu attacks during Ramadan

Mogadishu - Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants have warned they will step up attacks in the Somali capital Mogadishu during the holy month of Ramadan, which started on Sunday.

Kenya air strikes pound Somali Shebab bases: African Union

Mogadishu - Kenyan fighter jets have bombed bases of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab with scores of fighters killed, the African Union said Monday, claims the extremists dismissed as lies.

Kenya president blames 'local political networks' for attacks

Nairobi - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday blamed "local political networks" for the killings of dozens of people in two attacks in the coastal region that have been claimed by Somalia's Shebab militants.

Scores killed in two days of attacks on Kenyan coast

Malindi - At least 64 people have been killed in two consecutive nights of carnage in Kenya's coastal region, officials said Tuesday, with the Kenyan president blaming "local political networks" and Somalia's Shebab insisting they were responsible.

Islamist gunmen kill at least 48 in Kenya attack

Mombasa - At least 48 people were killed when suspected Shebab militants from Somalia stormed into a Kenyan coastal town and launched a major assault on a police station, hotels and government offices, officials said Monday.

Somali parliament hit by car bombing, gun attack

Mogadishu - A huge car bomb went off near the Somali parliament in Mogadishu on Saturday and heavy gunfire immediately broke out, police and witnesses said."There is an attack near the parliament building. There was a car bomb explosion and gunfire broke out.

Kenya expels hundreds of Somalis

Nairobi - Hundreds of Somalis have been expelled from Kenya, with 98 in the latest batch detained and sent back in a major crackdown on suspected Islamists, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday.

Somalia's Shebab chief say war 'shifting to Kenya'

Mogadishu - Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shebab vowed Thursday to move their war to neighbouring Kenya, one of the top commanders said in broadcast urging fighters to launch attacks.

Somali official among seven killed in Mogadishu bombing

Mogadishu - At least seven people were killed Saturday, among them a prominent Somali official, in a bomb attack by Islamist militants in the centre of the capital Mogadishu, officials said.

Report: United Nations to ease embargo on Ivory Coast diamonds

Abidjan - A decade-long embargo on diamonds from the Ivory Coast could be partially lifted this week, several United Nations diplomats said Friday.

Somali lawmaker killed by Mogadishu car bomb: PM

Mogadishu - A Somali lawmaker was assassinated and another wounded on Monday by a car bomb in Mogadishu, the prime minister said, the latest in a series of bomb attacks in the war-ravaged capital.

Two foreign UN workers shot dead in central Somalia

Mogadishu - Two foreign UN workers were shot dead on Monday at an airport in Galkayo, central Somalia, officials and witnesses said.

Op-Ed: Dangerous to be a Christian Special

2013 was a dangerous year for Christians. Many were tortured and killed, mostly by Islamists throughout the Middle East. Jesus said "love your enemy," so Christians don't usually seek revenge, making them easy targets.

Somali suicide bomber attacks newly captured town

Mogadishu - A suicide bomber in Somalia rammed a car packed full of explosives into a hotel in a southern town, days after it was recaptured from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab, security officials said Tuesday."There was a suicide attack involving terrorists at a hote...

Car bomb targets African Union troops in Somalia

Mogadishu - A convoy of the African Union's AMISOM force was targeted by a car bomb just outside the Somali capital on Monday, witnesses and a Somali army source said, though it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.Contacted by AFP, a spokesman f...

Somali capital rocked as car bomb targets popular hotel

Mogadishu - A car bomb went off on Saturday in central Mogadishu near a hotel popular with government officials and businessmen, injuring at least one person, police and witnesses said."There was a car bomb explosion near the rear gate of the Maka Al Mukarama hote...

Somali capital rocked as car bomb targets popular hotel

Mogadishu - A car bomb went off on Saturday in central Mogadishu near a hotel popular with government officials and businessmen, police and witnesses said.“There was a car bomb explosion near the rear gate of the Maka Al Mukarama hotel.

Somali and African troops capture town from Islamists

Mogadishu - Somali government forces backed by African Union troops captured a sixth settlement in the latest advance in their renewed offensive against Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab fighters, a spokesman said Friday.Shebab gunmen are reported to have fled ahead of the a...
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Samia  3  donning her Walk for Somalia T-Shirt  gets ready for the kick off  at Toronto s Nathan Phi...
Samia, 3, donning her Walk for Somalia T-Shirt, gets ready for the kick off at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
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Faduma speaking to a young walker at the Nathan Phillips Square.
Faduma speaking to a young walker at the Nathan Phillips Square.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
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A team of smiling volunteers holding donation boxes  photos and placards.
A team of smiling volunteers holding donation boxes, photos and placards.
Photo: Omar Nur
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A large crowd packed Toronto s Days Hotel to capacity to welcome H.E. Fawzia Adan.
A large crowd packed Toronto's Days Hotel to capacity to welcome H.E. Fawzia Adan.
Photo: Anthony Berot
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A Feed Somalia  volunteer collects a donation from a Toronto commuter during the rush hour subway fu...
A Feed Somalia volunteer collects a donation from a Toronto commuter during the rush hour subway funds drive.
Photo: Omar Nur
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Hodan Yusuf posing with little Samia  3.
Hodan Yusuf posing with little Samia, 3.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
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Saado Ali speaks to Somali refugees in the Dadaab camp.
Saado Ali speaks to Somali refugees in the Dadaab camp.
Photo: Somali Refugee Awareness Project
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Participants at the Toronto welcoming ceremony held in honour of H.E. Fawzia Adan.
Participants at the Toronto welcoming ceremony held in honour of H.E. Fawzia Adan.
Photo: Anthony Berot
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Abdi qani Farmajo captures the mood of outraged Somali-Canadians stepping on the  NO TO MAHIGA  imag...
Abdi'qani Farmajo captures the mood of outraged Somali-Canadians stepping on the "NO TO MAHIGA" image.
Photo: Hodan Yusuf
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Supporters waving Canadian and Somali flags converge at the Bayshore Park in Ottawa to welcome Walk ...
Supporters waving Canadian and Somali flags converge at the Bayshore Park in Ottawa to welcome Walk for Somalia heroes.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
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Author introducing Somali Needs Assessment Program and working with members of the international com...
Author introducing Somali Needs Assessment Program and working with members of the international community, Garowe, Puntland, Somalia, 2006.
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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.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
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Walk for Somalia team members conduct a video presentation at the Toronto City Hall on the eight-day...
Walk for Somalia team members conduct a video presentation at the Toronto City Hall on the eight-day, Toronto-Ottawa walk.
Photo: Ige Egal
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Kids displaying placards in support of the children of Horn of Africa.
Kids displaying placards in support of the children of Horn of Africa.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
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Protesters chanting during the Somalia Rally in downtown Toronto.
Protesters chanting during the Somalia Rally in downtown Toronto.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
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In this IRIN photo  a refugee struggles to survive in the Somali capital  Mogadishu.
In this IRIN photo, a refugee struggles to survive in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
IRIN Photo
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Little girl ( front)  and Nasro ( right ) at the downtown rally.
Little girl ( front), and Nasro ( right,) at the downtown rally.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
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A volunteer co-ordinator raising public awareness on the plight of the victims of the Horn of Africa...
A volunteer co-ordinator raising public awareness on the plight of the victims of the Horn of Africa disaster.
Photo: Omar Nur
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Women rush to a feeding centre in Mogadishu. The UN has declared famine throughout Somalia s souther...
Women rush to a feeding centre in Mogadishu. The UN has declared famine throughout Somalia's southern regions and UN agencies have stepped up their support as drought and insecurity have led to a massive displacement of people.
United Nations Organization / Stuart Price
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The Warsame family: Abdifatah  holding son  Hanad  8 months old and wife Aziza  with daughters Samia...
The Warsame family: Abdifatah, holding son, Hanad, 8 months old and wife Aziza, with daughters Samia 3, (left) and Istar 5 (right).
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
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