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Somalia violence: Deadly Baidoa clashes over Robow arrest

At least 11 people, including soldiers and civilians, died in Baidoa during clashes involving supporters of Mukhtar Robow, sources told the BBC. The government has accused Mr Robow of being a security threat. He is seeking the presidency of South West state in next week's election. News of Mr Robow's arrest early on Thursday triggered street protests in Baidoa, the regional capital. A Somali radio station t ...

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Short of Time, Somalia Delays Landmark Regional Vote as Tensions Rise

MOGADISHU - Somalia’s South West state will delay a key presidential vote for the third time because it is not sufficiently prepared, the semi-autonomous region’s election committee said on Saturday. Tensions between the federal government and state authorities have mounted in recent weeks after Mogadishu tried to block the candidacy of former al Shabaab Islamist militant Mukhtar Robow. "After the committee ...

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Al Shabaab gunmen kill cleric, nine others at religious center in Somalia: police

MOGADISHU: Al Shabaab gunmen attacked a religious centre in central Somalia on Monday, killing a cleric and 10 of his followers, a spokesman for the militant Islamist group said. "A car bomb rammed into the centre of the man who insulted the prophet. Our militants are now inside and fighting goes on," Al Shabaab spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab told Reuters He later said the cleric Abdiweli was killed in the at ...

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New US ambassador arrives in Somalia as State department tries to establish a permanent diplomatic base in Mogadishu

A week before Donald Yamamoto arrived in Mogadishu, three car bombs exploded in the heart of the city, just outside the Sahafi Hotel. Dozens of nearby motorists and pedestrians were killed or maimed. A fourth bomb went off when first responders arrived, bringing the death toll to at least 52, with more than 100 casualties. It was the latest in a string of attacks by the Islamist terror group al-Shabab, whic ...

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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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