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Another heavy death toll from a conflict in eastern Ethiopia As locals fight off Liyu Police forces outside Addis Abeba

Addis Abeba – Intense fighting between the Ethiopian Somali and the Oromo ethnic groups in the eastern Ethiopia has left “more than 30 people”, including “more than a dozen army members”, dead and several others injured, Addis Standard learned. According to three residents of Mieso town, west Hararghe zone, who contacted Addis Standard late this evening, today’s fighting in and around the town was between s ...

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Somalia government hands over Top ONLF leader to Ethiopia

A top leader of the banned Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) has been handed down to Ethiopia by Somalia government, sources said. Abdikarim Sheikh Muse, known by his nickname “Qalbi dagah” was captured in the northern town of Adado town, 500km north of the Somali capital last Friday, according to reliable sources. Some Somali websites described him as ONLF’s main man and an Eritrean trained leader of ...

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Somalis refuse to bury dead until state admits killing them in U.S. led raid

MOGADISHU - Somali families are refusing to bury the bodies of 10 loved ones, including three children, until the government takes responsibility for killing them in a U.S.-backed military raid, officials said on Sunday.   The ten were shot dead when Somalia’s army, supported by U.S. troops, carried out an operation in Bariire village, about 50 km (30 miles) from the capital on Friday.   Ali Nur, ...

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Somalia’s army chief says US backed raid on Lower shabelle killed civilians, not extremists

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somalia's army chief says civilians, not extremists, were killed in a military operation Friday that both the United States and Somalia say they will investigate. Ahmed Jimale Gedi told reporters on Saturday that the deaths in Barire village in Lower Shabelle region were the result of suspicion between the two sides. He says he is shocked by the civilian deaths. The deputy governor of L ...

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10 civilians, including 3 kids killed in joint US, Somali operation near Barire town in Lower Shabelle

At least 10 civilians, including three children, have been killed in a joint raid by Somali forces and US troops in the country's south, local officials said. The attack, which took place in the early hours of Friday, targeted a farm on the outskirts of the town of Bariire in the southern Lower Shabelle region. "These local farmers were attacked by foreign troops while looking after their crops," regional D ...

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Bomb blast injures 13 in Oromia region as shutdown continues in Ethiopia

A bomb explosion in the town of Jimma, located in Ethiopia’s Oromo region has injured about 13 people, local media portals have reported. The town’s police commander, Inspector Fadil Mohammed, also confirmed the incident. Jimma is one of the main towns in southwestern Ethiopia, a fertile region where the government in 2004 had planned to resettle hundreds of thousands of peasant farmers. The state-affiliate ...

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militants shot dead a provincial governor in Mogadishu

Al-Shabab militants have shot dead a provincial governor and his brother in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Mohamed Ali Elmi, the governor of Galgadud region in central Somalia, and his brother were gunned down in Mogadishu’s Yaaqshid neighborhood Friday night, witnesses said. The governor was visiting relatives when gunmen who trailed him opened fire. Witnesses said the gunmen fled before security forces ar ...

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Al Shabaab fighters seize town in south of Somalia After AMISOM withdrawal: residents

MOGADISHU - Somalia's militant Islamist group al Shabaab seized a town in the south of the country early on Friday after it was abandoned by the military and African Union-mandated (AMISOM) peacekeepers, residents said.   The town of Leego, which lies about 130 km (80 miles) to the northwest of the capital Mogadishu, is in Somalia's lower Shabelle region where al Shabaab last week killed at least 12 pe ...

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Al-Shabaab ambushes AMISOM forces in southern Somalia

Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, launched a deadly ambush on African Union Mission (AMISOM) forces in southern Somalia yesterday. AMISOM initially claimed that 12 soldiers were killed and several others wounded, but subsequent reporting indicates that the death toll may be higher. Shabaab has trumpeted the operation on social media sites and via its Shahada News Agency. In a statement yesterday, A ...

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Al-Shabaab group has adopted new tactics in Kenya, says expert

Al Shabaab terror group has adopted new attack tactics in its operations in Kenya. The group, whose members have bombed, killed and maimed many Kenyans, is now waging war right inside the Kenyan borders. According to security analysts, the terrorists, who have been attacking Kenya from their bases in Somalia, have now pitched camp in the country after being overwhelmed by Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) who are ...

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