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Oct 15, 2014

Somali militants kill five with car bomb in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – At least five people were killed and several wounded when a car bomb planted by Islamist militant group al Shabaab exploded near restaurants on a busy street in the Somali capital on Wednesday.

Al Shabaab, which wants to topple the government it says is a puppet of Western powers, has frequently launched bomb and gun attacks in Mogadishu and promised more attacks after losing control of a major coastal stronghold this month.

Oct 11, 2014

Somalia to halt banned charcoal trade at port recaptured from al Shabaab

BARAWE, Somalia, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Somalia’s president said
on Saturday he would halt charcoal exports from Barawe, a port
town recaptured from an Islamist group who U.N. investigators
said had benefitted from the illegal trade.

The U.N. Security Council forbade charcoal exports from
Somalia in 2012 in a bid to cut off al Shabaab’s funding, but
the group largely ignored the ban.

Oct 10, 2014

Somalia’s Islamist rebels down but not out after military setbacks

BARAWE Somalia (Reuters) – Military strikes that drove al Shabaab rebels from a strategic Somali port this week and killed their leader last month have dealt the group a hefty blow, but it is far too soon to declare victory say Somalis, Western diplomats and military commanders.

Youths celebrated the routing of al Shabaab from Barawe by playing street soccer for the first time in six years, one of many activities banned by the austere Islamists alongside chewing the stimulant khat and watching satellite television.

Oct 6, 2014

Somali, African troops deploy inside former rebel stronghold

BARAWE Somalia (Reuters) – Somalia’s army and African troops deployed forces on Monday inside a strategic port which they retook from Islamist rebels at the weekend, promising residents they would be protected.

The force of African Union peacekeepers and the Somali National Army said on Sunday they had driven out al Shabaab militants without a fight from Barawe, a stronghold used by rebels to ship in guns and generate cash from charcoal exports.

Oct 5, 2014

African Union and Somali forces claim Shabaab stronghold of Barawe

BARAWE Somalia (Reuters) – African Union and Somali troops on Sunday took control of Barawe, a port town used by al Shabaab to bring in arms and fighters from abroad, after the al Qaeda-linked militants fled without a fight, the AU and a Somali official said.

The African Union and the Somali military launched a joint offensive in March to drive the Islamist fighters out of towns and areas they control, and stepped up their campaign in August after a surge in gun and bomb attacks in Mogadishu.

Oct 5, 2014

African Union, Somali troops retake Shabaab stronghold of Barawe

BARAWE, Somalia, Oct 5 (Reuters) – About 1,000 African Union
and Somali troops took control on Sunday of the al Shabaab
militant stronghold of Barawe on the southern Somali coast after
the al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants fled without resistance,
a Somali official said.

The African Union and the Somali military launched a joint
offensive in March to drive the al Qaeda-linked Islamists out of
towns and areas they control, and stepped up their campaign in
August after a surge in gun and bomb attacks in Mogadishu.

Oct 5, 2014

African Union troops lay siege over Somali town run by Shabaab

BARAWE, Somalia, Oct 5 (Reuters) – About 1,000 African Union
and Somali troops launched an assault on Sunday to retake the
al-Shabaab militant stronghold of Barawe on the southern Somali
coast and has so far met no resistance, a Somali military
official said.

The African Union and the Somali military launched a joint
offensive in March to drive the al Qaeda-linked Islamists out of
towns and areas they control, and stepped up their campaign in
August after a surge in gun and bomb attacks in Mogadishu.

Sep 27, 2014

Somali militants stone woman to death

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali al Shabaab militants stoned a woman to death in the southern town of Barawe on Friday after a court they had set up declared her guilty of adultery, the militants and witnesses said.

The group, which pledges loyalty to al Qaeda, has waged an armed campaign to impose its strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law. Forced out of many areas of the east African country by African Union forces and the Somali army, al Shabaab is keen to show it has authority over areas it still controls.

Sep 25, 2014

Six killed in gunfight in Somalia over claimed ransom payment

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Six people were killed in central Somalia in a gunfight over a supposed ransom payment tied to the release this week of a German-U.S. journalist held hostage in Somalia for more than two years, police said on Thursday.

The journalist, Michael Scott Moore, 45, was kidnapped by armed militia in the city of Galkayo in January 2012 while researching a book on piracy. After his release this week, local Somali officials said they were not unaware of any ransom paid.

Sep 13, 2014

Somali Islamists kill national security officer

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A senior Somali national security officer was gunned down while riding in his car in Mogadishu on Saturday, in the latest eruption of violence since the al Shabaab Islamic militants named a new leader a week ago.

The man, Mohamed Qanuuni, had only recently assumed the post of deputy commander in charge of anti-terrorism activities, according to an intelligence officer who asked not to be named. He took the job after his predecessor who was killed in a similar manner two months ago, police said.

    • 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."
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