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Four killed in bomb blast as Ethiopia raises security alert: official

(Reuters) - Four people were killed when a bomb blast tore through a minibus in western Ethiopia late on Tuesday, at about the same time that the government warned of imminent attacks by militants, an official said.   The official, speaking to Reuters on Wednesday, said nobody had claimed responsibility for the blast.   Addis Ababa put its security forces on heightened alert on Tuesday night after ...

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Somali President visits Jowhar amidst clashes and flooding.

Mogadishu (Harar24) –Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud arrived in the town of Jowhar, capital of Middle Shabelle region, for the first time since the floods began.   The president’s delegation boarded a UN chopper from Mogadishu and landed in a dusty sports field inside Jowhar town, where they met the elders of the town who came to see the delegation.   The president came to the city to see t ...

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Ethiopia arrests 2 journalists from independent paper

(CPJ)--Ethiopian police have arrested without charge two editors of the leading independent Amharic weekly Ethio-Mihdar, according to local journalists.   Police in the town of Legetafo, northeast of the capital Addis Ababa, on Monday arrested Getachew Worku in connection a story published in October alleging corruption in the town administration, according to Muluken Tesfaw, a reporter with the paper, ...

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Ethiopia on heightened alert for attacks by Somali militants

(Reuters) - Ethiopia has put its police and security forces on heightened alert after receiving strong evidence that Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab group is planning attacks in the country, officials said on Tuesday.   The move came three weeks after officials said two Somali suicide bombers accidentally blew themselves up while preparing to kill football fans during Ethiopia's World Cup qualifying matc ...

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Suspected Al-shabab militants ambush Liyuu police inside Ethiopia

Mogadishu (Harar24) – Troops belonging to Ethiopia’s Liyuu police landed in an ambush as they were travelling from the city of  Aato to Baarey in Afdheer province inside Ethiopia.   The ambush occurred today noontime near Waaqsen in Afdheer Province inside Ethiopia. According to incoming reports, a convoy belonging to the Liyuu police came under intense fire as they were making their way to Baarey in A ...

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East Africa: Al-Shabaab’s Relative Strength Is the Real Threat

(Allafrica.com)-As investigators and forensic scientists sift through the rubble of the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in search of answers to the numerous questions that surround the 21 September 2013 attack, even more questions are starting to emerge. The most important of these is how the four gunmen managed to evade Kenya's intelligence services, had unlimited access to such an important facility and ...

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The Rise and Fall of Somalia’s Pirate King

(Foreign Policy)-As the Somali piracy blockbuster Captain Phillips raked in $26 million in its opening weekend on U.S. screens, Mohamed Abdi Hassan, better known as "Afweyne," was on a flight to Belgium with gainful plans to sell a very different story about East African marauders. Expecting to consult on a movie based on his life as a seafaring bandit, Afweyne and his associate were instead arrested by Bel ...

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3 separate assassinations in Mogadishu today within the span of 12 hours

Mogadishu (Harar24) – Even though assassinations inside the Somali capital are not uncommon, but three assassinations in a span of twelve hours has left residents just bewildered. Today’s events were extraordinary as perpetrators were neither caught nor did anyone claim responsibility.   The first assassination took place at Wadajir district where Unidentified  gun men assassinated an elder who was in ...

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Somalia’s future relies on an army that does not yet exist

(Irishtimes.com)-The man in the back of the pick-up truck driving along a Mogadishu street is wearing military fatigues with the pale blue starred Somali flag sewn on his sleeve. He may be a soldier in Somalia’s national forces – or he may not. The al-Shabaab militants who controlled the Somali capital before they were routed two years ago have been known to don army uniforms to infiltrate the city, as have ...

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Somalia central bank governor resigns after weeks on the job.

Mogadishu (Harar24) – The new governor of the Central Bank of Somalia Yussur Abrar has resigned this week only one month after she was appointed for the position.   According to a letter sent by Mrs Abrar to the President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the new governor complained about officials asking her to make illegal deals from the bank.   According  to the Financial Times  the letter she ...

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