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Al-Shabaab holds large festival in Barawe

Al-Shabaab today held large festivals in the territories under their control which local residents participated in. The insurgent group holds these types of festivals every year in honor of the Eid celebrations. Thousands of locals attend these festival as Al-Shabaab tries to win the hearts and minds of the Somali population who live under the territories they control.   One such festival was held in t ...

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Large Eid celebrations held in Shabaab held areas

Adherents to the Islamic faith have celebrated Eid all around the world today. War torn Somalia is no exception to this, as Somalis all over the country came together in their respective cities in the morning to join one and another in Eid prayers.   After the prayers the people disperse, children go touring around the city collecting sweets and money; others go to visit family and relatives, elders ma ...

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Al Shabab fighters attack Amisom base in Elasha Biyaha last night

Mogadishu (Harar24) Heavy fighting was reported last night at a AMISOM base near Elasha Biyaha in Lower Shabelle Region.   Residents in Elasha Biyaha reported that units from Al-Shabaab carried out an attack last night on AMISOM forces base near Elasha Biyaha.   Residents who spoke with Harar24 reporters said the fighters attacked the town early in the morning, as the sounds of the heavy machine g ...

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Car ablaze inside the Turkish embassy in Mogadishu this afternoon

Mogadishu (Harar24) – A car has been found engulfed in flames inside a car park in the Turkish embassy in Mogadishu located in the Hodan district this afternoon. The flame which’s causes still remain unknown damaged three others surrounding cars and part of the embassy, eye witnesses tell reporters.   No one has yet claimed responsibility for the incident which occurred around sunset and authorities ar ...

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Fighting between Al-Shabaab and Amisom forces in Yaq-bari Weyne last night

Mogadishu (Harar24) Heavy fighting was reported last night at a village near Yaq-bari Weyne town in Lower Shabelle Region.   Residents in Yaq-bari Weyne reported that units from Al-Shabaab carried out an attack last night on AMISOM forces who are based near the city of Yaq-bari Weyne.   According to locals who spoke to our correspondent various weapons were used in last night’s attack in the city ...

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AU calls for more troops in Somalia

Addis Ababa (Harar24) – The African Union on Friday decided to increase its presence of troops in Somalia by an extra 6,235 troops, which will bring the total number of AU troops in Somalia to a bolstering number of 23,966.   Al-Shabaab which carried out the Westgate mall attack has had the African Union and the rest of the world deeply concerned. The attack outlines the reach of Al-Shabaab and the Afr ...

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Puntland security forces shut down Golis telecommuncations offices

Bosaso (Harar24) - Reports are indicating that armed troops loyal Abdirahman Farole the head of the autonomous state of Puntland have stormed the buildings of the biggest telecommunication company in Puntland, Golis telecommunication.   The two offices which are located in Bosaso and Garowe were taken over earlier this morning by armed forces after closing off all roads leading to the buildings.  The f ...

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5 people killed as KDF forces open fire on civilians in Kismayo

Kismayo (Harar24) – Details regarding yesterday’s roadside bomb against KDF forces in Afmadow Neighborood in Kismayo are coming out. At least 7 people were killed 5 of them being civilians as KDF forces opened fire on civilians who were near the bomb blast site.   According to eyewitnesses the explosion occurred at the town’s Via Afmadow area when an armored vehicle used by the KDF forces was hit by an ...

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Al-Shabaab attacks KDF bases in Kismayo

Kismayo (Harar24) – The thunderous sounds of mortar shells echoed all over Kismayo as the base turned airport manned by Kenyan forces was shelled last night by what is believed to have been an attack coordinated by Al-Shabaab.   A resident told our correspondent: “It was very quiet and the majority of the city was fast asleep. Suddenly we heard explosions and shelling, which was followed by a lot of sh ...

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Somalia foreign minister: “US don’t have to ask us”

Mogadishu (Harar24) - Unlike like Libyan officials Somali government officials have confirmed that they were notified of last weekend’s raid in Baraawe. In fact Fawzia Yusuf Adam, Somalia’s first female minister of foreign affairs applauded the raid and said the US does not have to seek any permission from the Somali government for any future actions.   This free check for US interventions comes two we ...

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