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Somali pirates flee hijacked Indian dhow, take one crew member

Somali security forces rescued a hijacked Indian cargo dhow on Monday, but pirates took one of the 11-strong crew with them when they fled to land, authorities said. "Our Galmudug forces attacked and rescued the Indian ship – however, the pirates disappeared with one crew and we are pursuing them," Hirsi Yusuf Barre, mayor of the town of Galkayo in Galmudug state, told Reuters. "There were no casualties." T ...

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New army chief survives assassination attempt in a deadly Mogadishu bomb blast.

A car bomb targeting senior officials leaving a military base in Mogadishu killed at least 15 people and destroyed a minibus carrying civilians, the Somali military said on Sunday, an attack claim by Islamist al Shabaab militants. It occurred a week after President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed replaced his security chiefs and called on al Shabaab fighters to surrender within 60 days in return for education and ...

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Somalia’s breakaway Somaliland sentences journalist to two years in jail

A court in Somalia's breakaway region of Somaliland has sentenced a reporter to two years in jail for what it said was endangering peace and security, a journalists' rights group said on Saturday. The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said that Abdimalik Muse Oldon was detained in February upon his return from the Somali capital and charged with "anti-national activity and violating the sovereign ...

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Roadside bomb kills 10 in Somalia, Islamists deny responsibility

MOGADISHU  - A roadside bomb killed 10 people in a minibus in southern Somalia on Thursday, a military officer and residents said, blaming Islamist militants who denied planting the device. The blast in Golweyn village occurred hours after Somalia's president replaced his security chiefs and called on al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab militants to surrender within 60 days in return for education and jobs. "We ...

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Trump signed a directive declaring parts of Somalia an “area of active hostilities”. Pentagon says

WASHINGTON — President Trump has relaxed some of the rules for preventing civilian casualties when the American military carries out counterterrorism strikes in Somalia, laying the groundwork for an escalating campaign against Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa. The decision, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations, gives commanders at the United States Africa Command greater latit ...

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What’s really behind Trump’s laptop ban

More than 15 years after the September 11 hijackings, the U.S. government has issued yet another warning about airline security. On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced new restrictions on electronics brought on board certain U.S.-bound flights. Passengers on planes leaving from 10 airports throughout the Middle East and North Africa will no longer be able to carry laptops or similar ...

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Has al-Shabab adopted new approach to food aid?

Somalia's al-Shabab militants have been distributing food to drought-stricken Somalis in what appears to be a bid to win public support. A similar initiative by the militants during the last famine in 2011 failed to boost their image. Not only did the UN blame al-Shabab for contributing to the 2011 famine but their acts of sabotage lost them public support. The al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists blocked aid deli ...

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Al-Shabaab Accuses Kenyan President of Trying To Win Support of KDF to Rig Upcoming Elections

Mogadishu (Harar24) – In their first comments regarding the upcoming Kenyan presidential elections, Al-Shabaab has accused the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta of planning to rig the upcoming elections and to solicit support of the Kenyan Military in his presidential bid. Alluding to Kenyatta’s recent surprise visit to Somalia’s border town of Dhobley, which is occupied by Kenyan forces, Al-Shabaab spokesma ...

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World has just months to stop starvation in Yemen, Somalia – Red Cross

The world has got three to four months to save millions of people in Yemen and Somalia from starvation, as war and drought wreck crops and block deliveries of food and medical care, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday. The aid agency still needs $300 million to bring emergency assistance to a total of 5 million people in Yemen, Somalia and northeast Nigeria as well as areas of Sou ...

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At least 33 Somali refugees shot dead in Red Sea Helicopter attack

Aden - Dozens of Somali refugees including women and children have been shot dead aboard a boat on the Red Sea, Yemeni officials and the International Organization for Migration said Friday. The bodies of 33 refugees were taken to hospitals in Yemen's rebel-held port of Hodeida, a health official in the city said, adding that 35 wounded had also been admitted. The circumstances of the attack were not immedi ...

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