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Toll rises to 53 dead from bomb blasts in Somalia’s capital

NAIROBI, Kenya — Somali hospital and police sources say the death toll from Friday’s bombings outside a hotel in Mogadishu has risen to 53 with over 100 injured. Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer, said many of the injured suffered horrific wounds, raising fears that death toll could rise further. The figure given by Hussein is consistent with submissions from hospitals. Ahmed Yusuf, a nu ...

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Deputy Chief of ISIS-linked Group in Somalia Killed: Officials

NAIROBI, Kenya — Somali intelligence officials say the deputy leader of an Islamic State-affiliated extremist group based in northern Somalia has been killed in the capital. The officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters told The Associated Press that Mahad Moalim's body was found near a Mogadishu beach last week, a few days after he reportedly was a ...

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Somalia’s al Shabaab executes five men accused of spying

MOGADISHU - Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamists on Tuesday shot five men in a public execution, including a Somali British citizen accused of spying, a sign of the insurgents’ control of southern swathes of the country, even as authorities step up efforts to combat them. Al Shabaab’s grip on the Horn of Africa nation has been weakening since it was pushed out of the capital by African Union peacekeepers in 2011, ...

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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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