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Top Somali security officials fired over deadly blasts

The Somali government has fired two top security officials after twin blasts and a siege left at least 27 people dead on Saturday. The country's police chief and the director of national intelligence were sacked following an emergency cabinet meeting, officials said. The Islamist militant group al-Shabab says it carried out Saturday's bombings. They came just two weeks after at least 358 people died in anot ...

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Mogadishu car bombs leave at least 23 dead inc regional minister and police chief

At least 23 people were killed when two car bombs detonated outside a hotel near Somalia's presidential palace in Mogadishu on Saturday -- two weeks after the deadliest car bombings in the nation's modern history. The first blast, outside the Nasa Hablod Two Hotel, near the Villa Somalia presidential palace, was followed by a second blast in the same area moments later, according to police Capt. Osman Moham ...

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Mogadishu attacks: At least 13 dead as two car bombs hit Somali capital with gunfire heard inside hotel

Two bombs have exploded in the Somali capital of Mogadishu close to the presidential palace and parliamentary buildings. A suicide car bomb exploded as it was driven into the front of a popular hotel while a second blast was heard shortly after near the former parliament house which had military personnel inside. Police said a third blast had been heard at the scene of the attack outside the hotel. Captain ...

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Somalia’s al Shabaab stones woman to death for cheating on husband

Somalia’s Islamist group al Shabaab on Thursday publicly stoned a woman to death in a town in the south for cheating on her husband, an official told Reuters. Al Shabaab, which has been waging a war for years to topple the Horn of Africa country’s western-backed government, seeks to bring in rule based on its strict interpretation of sharia law. Sheikh Mohamed Abu Abdalla, Al shabaab’s governor for Somalia’ ...

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Two Somali soldiers wounded in gun fight with fellow troops

MOGADISHU - Two Somali soldiers were wounded in a gun fight with other troops on Monday, a police officer said, a worrying internal rift for a military with a history of factionalism that is fighting a resurgence by militant Islamists The al Shabaab group is suspected of being behind the country’s single deadliest attack on civilians this month that killed at least 358 people. Nur Ali, a police officer, tol ...

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My Parents’ Country, in the Grip of the Shabab

NAIROBI, Kenya — One evening in August, I climbed onto a dusty old truck in the Dadaab refugee camp in the eastern Kenyan desert, about 50 miles from the border with Somalia. A tarpaulin in the truck bed covered the sacks of beans it was transporting to the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The driver readily picked up some passengers: four women and eight men for $60 each. The women sat in the front beside the dr ...

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Somalia bombing may have been revenge for botched US-led operation

The man who killed more than 300 people with a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu on Saturday was a former soldier in Somalia’s army whose home town was raided by local troops and US special forces two months ago in a controversial operation in which 10 civilians were killed, officials in Somalia have said. The death toll from the bombing now stands at more than 300, making it one of the most devastating ...

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Massive truck bomb blast rocks Somalia’s Mogadishu

At least 20 people have been killed and several others wounded in a massive truck bomb attack outside a hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, police said, with officials fearing many casualties from the unusually large explosion. The blast on Saturday, in the central K5 Junction which is lined with government offices, hotels and restaurants, destroyed several buildings and set dozens of vehicles on fire. " ...

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Somali troops vacate Key military base in Lower Shabelle

Mogadishu (Harar24)  - Somali military forces  have vacated a key base in Barrire town in Lower Shabelle region, only 45 kilometers (27 miles) from Mogadishu, the country's capital city. Residents told Harar24 that Somali troops Backed by US Special for left the base early Saturday Morning, It was not immediately clear the reason which comes less than 24 hour after resignation of former Somalia military chi ...

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MOGADISHU – Two of Somalia’s highest-ranking military officials have resigned, state outlets said on Thursday, in moves that could deal a blow to the war-torn Horn of Africa country’s efforts to fight Islamist militants. Somalia has been at war since 1991, when clan-based warlords overthrew dictator Siad Barre and then turned on each other. For a decade, the weak UN-backed government has also been fighting ...

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