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Jul 26, 2015

At least 13 dead in al Shabaab attack on Somali hotel

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – The Somali militant Islamist group al Shabaab attacked a Mogadishu hotel on Sunday, driving a car packed with explosives through the hotel gate and killing at least 13 people, a first responder and the rebel group said.

A Reuters witness said blood and pieces of flesh were spattered around the site of the blast targeting the Jazeera hotel. Nearby was the wreckage of four cars.

Jul 26, 2015

At least four dead in attack on Somali hotel by Islamists

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – At least four people were killed on Sunday when Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist militant group drove a car packed with explosives at the gate of a hotel, police and the rebel group said.

A Reuters witness said blood and pieces of flesh were spattered around the site of the blast which targeted the Jazeera hotel. The wreckage of four cars were nearby.

Jul 26, 2015

Blast, gunfire heard in centre of Somali capital – witness

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A suspected suicide car bomb exploded at the gate of a hotel in the Somali capital on Sunday, a police officer said, as a plume of smoke rose above the capital and sporadic gunfire was heard.

Police said it was too early to know about casualties, but a Reuters witness said blood and pieces of flesh were spattered in the area. At least one person was carried away, apparently dead.

Jul 24, 2015

African Union, Somali troops capture second southern town from al Shabaab

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali government and African Union peacekeeping troops have captured a town in the south of the country from al Shabaab insurgents on Friday, the second seizure this week, government officials and the group said.

Ethiopian troops in the African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) and Somali soldiers captured Dinsoor district, about 120 km to south west of Baidoa. 

Jul 23, 2015

Somalia says captures strategic city held by al Shabaab

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia troops have captured a southern town from al Shabaab insurgents, the president said on Thursday, the latest blow to the rebel group which has been forced out of swathes of territory over the past two years.

The militants described the withdrawal from Baardheere, which lies about 300 km (190 miles) east of Mogadishu, as a tactical retreat.

Jun 26, 2015

Somali militants attack African Union peacekeepers’ base

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Al Shabaab militants fought a gunbattle with African Union peacekeeping troops in Somalia after ramming a car laden with explosives into their base south of Mogadishu early on Friday, military officials and a spokesman for the group said.

The dawn attack in Leego – some 130 km south of the Somali capital, on the main road connecting the capital and the city of Baidoa – came as residents gathered for morning prayers.

Jun 26, 2015

Somali militants attack African Union base south of capital

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali al Shabaab militants fought a gunbattle with African Union troops after ramming a car laden with explosives into their base south of the capital Mogadishu early on Friday, military officials and a spokesman for the group said.

The dawn attack in Leego – along the main road connecting Mogadishu and the city of Baidoa – came as residents gathered for morning prayers.

Jun 24, 2015

Car bomb targeting UAE officials kills three Somali soldiers in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – At least three people were killed when a car bomb targeting military trainers from the United Arab Emirates hit their convoy in the Somali capital but the officials were unharmed, police said on Wednesday.

The Islamist militant group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack and said it carried out the attack and “inflicted casualties” without giving details.

Jun 18, 2015

Security forces foil suicide attack in Somali town: police

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Security forces foiled an attempted suicide attack by Islamist militants on a political conference in central Somalia on Thursday, killing three gunmen and the driver of a car packed with explosives, police said.

The al Shabaab group, which frequently attacks officials, politicians and lawmakers in its bid to topple the Western-backed government in Mogadishu, claimed responsibility.

Jun 16, 2015

Somali Islamists kill at least three soldiers in roadside blast

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali Islamist militants detonated a roadside bomb, killing at least three soldiers passing in a military vehicle southwest of the capital on Tuesday, a military officer and the rebel group said.

The Islamist Al Shabaab group, which wants to topple the Western-back government in Mogadishu, has frequently attacked officials, soldiers and politicians in the Horn of Africa nation which is trying to rebuild after years of chaos and conflict.

    • About Feisal

      "Feisal Omar Hashi was born in 1982 in Burao, Northern Somalia, and is currently based in Mogadishu. In 1999, as a student studying several subjects, including photography and editing, at a media institute in Mogadishu, he started working with a local Somali website. He began working with Reuters in early 2007, and has since operated in Mogadishu amid the escalating violence."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
      Languages:
      somai english arabic
      Awards:
      2011
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