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Feb 20, 2015

Suicide attack targets Somali officials in hotel, kills 10 people

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist rebels detonated a car bomb at the entrance of a hotel in the Somali capital on Friday and then stormed inside where politicians had gathered, killing at least 10 people including a lawmaker and lightly wounding two ministers.

Al Shabaab, which claimed responsibility for the attack, aims to topple the Western-backed federal government and impose its strict version of Islamic sharia law on the Horn of Africa nation that is struggling to rebuild after two decades of war.

Feb 20, 2015

Suicide bombing targets Somali officials in hotel: police

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A car bomber rammed the gate of a hotel in the center of the Somali capital on Friday where some ministers and lawmakers had gathered, and a suicide attacker then blew himself up inside the compound, police officers said.

Ambulances wailed as they raced to Central Hotel and a huge plume of smoke rose above the coastal city. It was not clear if anyone was killed but police said at least one lawmaker was among those injured.

Feb 9, 2015

Al Shabaab militants kill another Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A Somali lawmaker was killed in Mogadishu on Monday when al Shabaab gunmen sprayed his car with bullets, police and the militants said, the sixth such attack since the start of 2014.

The al Qaeda-affiliated Islamist militants were pushed out of the capital by African peacekeeping forces in 2011 but have waged a series of gun and grenade attacks to try to overthrow the government and impose its strict version of sharia law.

Jan 22, 2015

Bomb explodes near Turkish delegation in Somalia day before president’s visit

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A suicide car bomb exploded at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel where Turkish delegates were meeting on Thursday, a day before a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan to the Somali capital.

At least two police officers were killed but none of the Turkish delegates were wounded in the attack, which was claimed by Islamist al Shabaab rebels, officials said.

Jan 21, 2015

Somali Islamist militants praise strikes at “heart of Crusader”

MOGADISHU, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Somali Islamist militant group
al Shabaab on Wednesday praised al Qaeda over an attack on
French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and urged further strikes
at the “heart of the Crusader enemies”.

Al Shabaab, which has itself carried out attacks across east
Africa, including a 2013 raid on a Nairobi shopping mall that
killed 67, described two brothers who attacked the magazine and
a third who targeted a Jewish shop, as “a wonderful example”.

Jan 2, 2015

At least seven killed in al Shabaab attack at Somali military base

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalian al Shabaab militants attacked a military base in the outskirts of the town of Baidoa on Friday morning, killing at least seven soldiers, a Somali military official said.

The attack came two days after the United States said it had killed the chief of al Shabaab’s intelligence and security wing, Tahliil Abdishakur, in a drone strike. Al Shabaab seeks to topple the Western-backed Mogadishu government and impose its own strict version of Islamic law.

Dec 27, 2014

Somali Islamist with $3 million U.S. bounty on head surrenders – government source

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A leader of Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, who has a $3 million U.S. bounty on his head, has surrendered, a Somali government source and local media said on Saturday.

Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi was one of seven al Shabaab leaders for whom the U.S. State Department in 2012 offered a total of $33 million in reward money for information that led to their capture.

Dec 27, 2014

Somali Islamist with $3 mln U.S. bounty on head surrenders – govt source

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A leader of Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, who has a $3 million U.S. bounty on his head, has surrendered, a Somali government source and local media said on Saturday.

Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi was one of seven al Shabaab leaders for whom the U.S. State Department in 2012 offered a total of $33 million in reward money for information that led to their capture.

Dec 6, 2014

Somali prime minister voted out of office by lawmakers

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Members of parliament voted Somalia’s prime minister out of office on Saturday for the second time in a year, a move Western donors had warned would threaten the war-torn nation’s fragile recovery.

Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed had been embroiled in a row over a cabinet reshuffle with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who had overruled his changes.

Dec 3, 2014

Al Shabaab car bomb kills four Somalis in U.N. convoy

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Four Somalis were killed when a car bomb hit a United Nations convoy near the capital’s international airport on Wednesday, showing the threat still posed by insurgents despite their recent loss of territory.

Al Qaeda-aligned Somali Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility.

The group, which wants to topple the Western-backed Mogadishu government and impose its version of Islamic law, damaged a U.N. vehicle but did not kill any U.N. staff, a spokesman for the U.N.’s Somalia mission, Aleem Siddique, 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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