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Somalia: Al-Shabaab car bomb destroys government offices in Mogadishu

At least six people were killed and another 16 injured when a car bomb exploded outside a government office in Mogadishu on Monday, Somali police and rescue workers said. Witnesses saw huge clouds of smoke above the city following a loud blast and gunfire. "Our ambulance teams have collected the dead bodies of six people," said Abdiqadir Abdirahman, director of the city's Aamin Ambulance service. He said 16 ...

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UN says journalists still face difficulties in Somalia despite progress

MOGADISGHU -- Journalists in Somalia continue to face difficulties including death despite progress in defense of human rights, the UN has said. In a report released on Thursday evening, the United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) said challenges remain for journalists and media workers, citing killings, harassment, arbitrary arrest and illegal detention. "Despite some efforts and progress in the legislat ...

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Al Shabaab car bomb kills at least six & destroys local govt HQ in central Mogadishu

Islamist militant group Al Shabaab said it was behind the attack on Hawlwadag district office, which also blew off the roof of a mosque and damaged houses nearby. At least six people had been killed, including soldiers, civilians and the suicide bomber, and a dozen injured, according to police officer Mohamed Hussein. The school was open but at the time of the blast most children were away from the building ...

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Security forces in eastern Ethiopia kill four protesters -witness

Security forces in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region on Monday shot dead four people who were protesting against the looting of their shops and homes during unrest at the weekend, a witness said. Violence broke out in the provincial capital Jijiga on Saturday, with mobs looting properties owned by ethnic minorities, in unrest that the government said had been stoked by regional officials at odds with central ...

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Unrest spreads in eastern Ethiopia after deployment of troops

ADDIS ABABA - Mobs looted shops and burned down properties in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region on Saturday, as unrest gained momentum and spread across the province following deployment of soldiers, witnesses said. On Friday evening, Ethiopian troops entered the regional capital Jijiga in an apparent attempt by central authorities to arrest regional officials, residents said. On Saturday soldiers traded fir ...

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Somalia’s al Shabaab says it storms southern military base, kills 27 troops

MOGADISHU - Fighters of the al Shabaab group attacked a military base with a suicide car bomb in the south of Somalia, killing 27 soldiers, the group said on Monday, a blast heard by residents of a nearby town. The attack follows a June attack on the base by al Shabaab that wounded seven soldiers. The group is battling to topple the central government and impose its rule based on its own strict interpretati ...

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U.S. lets Somali immigrants stay 18 more months

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration said on Thursday it would allow some 500 Somalis to remain in the United States for at least another 18 months under protected status given violence in their home county. Somalis in the United States with Temporary Protected Status will be able to re-register for an extension of their status through March 17, 2020, according to a statement from the Department of Homelan ...

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Ethio-Somali region releases prisoners

The Ethio-Somali Regional State is said to have released prisoners convicted of different crimes who were former members of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), The Reporter has learnt. There are only 15 prisoners who are members of the ONLF, Abdi Muhammed, president of the region told The Reporter. Later, the region said to have released those prisoners. According to him, there are now around 500 p ...

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Somalia’s al Shabaab claims attack against US troops in near Kismaayo town. 1 U.S soldier was killed and 4 others wounded in the attack

MOGADISHU - Somalia’s Islamist group al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for an attack in which a U.S. commando was killed and four others were wounded when they came under fire in the country. The U.S. special operations forces were fighting alongside about 800 troops from the Somali National Security Forces and Kenyan Defence Forces when they were attacked late on Friday by mortars and small arms fire. ...

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Al-Shabaab video details assassination unit in Mogadishu

A new video released by Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, details one of the jihadist group’s hit squads. The unit, dubbed the Muhammad bin Maslamah Battalion, appears to mainly operate within Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and in the Lower Shabelle region. The video begins by showing the unit’s training camp, which is named after two former Shabaab leaders, Muhammad Ismail Yusuf and Hassan “Turki” Ab ...

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