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Amisom begins to withdraw troops from Somalia, As peacekeeper forces lost 281 soldiers in 2017

African Union’s Mission in Somalia has begun withdrawing its troops from the country against the backdrop of heightened insecurity in Mogadishu. The capital has witnessed almost 1,000 deaths in just three months. SECURITY This is the highest number of fatalities recorded in the country in such a short time since Amisom operations began in 2007. The intensified attacks have caused a security scare in Somalia ...

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UAE violates UN arm embargo in Somalia

The UAE is violating internationals sanctions on the sale of arms to war-torn countries by supplying Somalia weapons, a UN report has revealed. According to monitors, the continuous support of some foreign countries for terror in Somalia threatens peace and security due to the possible return of piracy off the Somali coast. The report said that it had enough proofs that a UAE ship could have been carrying i ...

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Militants who killed 23 at Mogadishu hotel used intelligence service ID cards

Attackers who stormed a hotel in Mogadishu killing 23 people and wounding more than 30 on Saturday used identity cards from the country’s intelligence service to gain access to the building. The five gunmen, from the Islamist al-Shabaab militant group, were dressed in intelligence service uniforms and did not draw suspicion as they entered the hotel in the centre of the Somali capital after a truck bomb dem ...

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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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