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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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3 dead, PS Mariamu El Maawy shot in Shabaab attack

Al-Shabaab gunmen have killed three people and injured a principal secretary in Milihoi along Mpeketoni-Lamu road. In a daring attack, the militia took control of the Prado with six occupants and sped off. SHOT However, on realizing the Kenya Defence Forces were pursuing them, the militia killed the three occupants and left Public Works Principal Secretary Mariamu El Maawy hurt. Ms El Maawy, who was shot in ...

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Somalia internet outage is ‘major disaster’

Somalia's government says an ongoing internet outage is costing the country $10m (£7.7m) each day. The outage affects southern Somalia, and was caused by damage to an undersea fibre-optic cable more than two weeks ago. Somali Post and Telecommunications Minister Abdi Anshur Hassan has called the incident a "major disaster", costing Somalia "more than $130m". He said the cable was being fixed and service wil ...

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This is why Al-Shabaab won’t be going away anytime soon

On June 14, the terrorist group al-Shabab — an al-Qaeda affiliate — attacked a pizza restaurant in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, by detonating a car bomb and sending in assailants. More than 30 people were killed. Earlier in June, al-Shabab overran a military base in the semiautonomous area of Puntland, killing dozens. The group recently surpassed Boko Haram as the deadliest terrorist organization in A ...

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Human Trafficking Suspect Transferred to Somalia After Arrest in South Sudan

An suspected top human trafficker who was arrested in South Sudan has been handed over to Somalia for prosecution, according to officials in Mogadishu. The Somali government says the man, identified as Abdulkadir Omar Abdulle, led a trafficking network in South Sudan that helped smuggle thousands of people across East Africa to Libya, where they awaited a possible journey to Europe. Abdulle, a Somali citize ...

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Blackwater founder’s FSG signs security deal with Somali region

Frontier Services Group (FSG) , co-founded by Erik Prince who created the U.S. security firm Blackwater, said on Thursday it would provide logistics, aviation and security services for a regional development project in Somalia. Hong Kong-listed FSG said the deal was signed with the Free Zone Investment Authority of the South West State of Somalia, one of the federal regions set up under efforts in the Horn ...

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Explosion heard from ship off the coast of Somalia, official says

BOSASSO, Somalia - A huge explosion was heard from a ship off the coast of Somalia's Puntland region late on Monday and flames were seen rising from what might be a foreign vessel, an official in a nearby port said. "We heard (a) huge explosion and (saw) flame rising from the ship. I believe that the ship is foreign," Ali Shire, mayor of Puntland's port town of Alula, a pirate haven, told Reuters on Tuesday ...

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At least 14 Civilians killed after soldiers clash over food aid in Somalia’s Baidoa town

At least 14 people, most of them civilians, have been killed after soldiers clashed over food aid in Somalia's drought-stricken city of Baidoa. The fighting broke out at a distribution site on Friday after a group of soldiers tried to steal food sacks meant for refugees and other soldiers guarding the aid stopped them, Colonel Isaq Hassan said. At least 20 people were injured. Some were in critical conditio ...

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