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Jun 26, 2014

Islamist militants raid hotel in central Somalia: witnesses

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist militants hurled grenades at the gate of a hotel in central Somalia on Thursday then opened fire as they burst into the building used by Somali soldiers and Djiboutian African Union peacekeepers, residents said.

Al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab said it killed several guards and soldiers in the attack in town of Bulobarde, the movement’s second assault on the hotel since March. The deaths could not be confirmed independently.

Jun 23, 2014

Kenyan jets hit al Shabaab bases in Somalia, kill 80 – AU force

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Kenyan fighter jets have attacked two bases belonging to Islamist al Shabaab insurgents in Somalia and killed at least 80 militants, African Union peacekeepers there said on Monday.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), whose soldiers launched a new offensive against al Shabaab this year, said Kenyan planes carried out the raids on Anole and Kuday in the southern Lower Jubba region. It did not say when they took place.

May 25, 2014

Al Shabaab attacks Somali parliament, at least 10 dead

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Al Shabaab militants stormed Somalia’s parliament on Saturday, killing at least 10 security officers in a bomb and gun assault that the United States condemned as a “heinous act of terrorism.”

The attack started with a car bomb at a gate to the heavily fortified parliament compound, followed by a suicide bombing and then a gun battle that continued for hours. Al Shabaab is an al Qaeda-linked group that killed 67 people at a Kenyan shopping mall last year.

May 24, 2014

Al Shabaab attacks Somali parliament, four dead

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Al Shabaab stormed Somalia’s parliament on Saturday, killing at least four people in a bomb and gun assault that the United Nations called “an attack against the people”.

The attack – by the group that killed 67 people at a Kenyan shopping mall last year – started with a car bomb at a gate to the heavily fortified parliament compound, followed by a suicide bombing and then a gun battle which continued for hours.

May 24, 2014

Al Shabaab militants attack Somali parliament, four dead

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Al Qaeda-linked militants attacked Somalia’s parliament on Saturday, killing at least four people in a bomb and gun assault, the Islamist group and police said.

“A car bomb exploded at the gate of the parliament house – then it was followed by a suicide bomber explosion. So far we have confirmed four policemen dead,” a police colonel, Farah Hussein, told Reuters.

May 22, 2014

Senior Somali Islamist says shifting war to Kenya’s capital

MOGADISHU, May 22 (Reuters) – A senior Somali Islamist
commander said his group had moved its holy war to Kenya’s
capital, threatening to launch attacks by teenage suicide
bombers on a city already reeling from bomb blasts and a deadly
militant assault on a shopping mall.

Somalia’s al Shabaab group has declared war on its neighbour
before, but Fuad Mohamed Khalaf’s comments suggested an
escalation in a campaign that has piled pressure on the Kenyan
government and alarmed regional and global powers.

Apr 22, 2014

Islamists kill second Somali lawmaker, threaten more attacks

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist rebels shot dead a Somali lawmaker on Tuesday, a day after blowing up one of his colleagues in his car, and vowed to keep killing politicians and wreck efforts to secure the country.

Al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab told Reuters the latest killing was meant to send a message to Western-backed President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who on Tuesday was due to wrap up a three-day conference on improving security in the capital.

Apr 21, 2014

Somali lawmaker killed by car bomb: officials

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A Somali lawmaker was killed when a bomb planted by Islamist militants ripped through his car in the capital Mogadishu on Monday, officials said.

Al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab told Reuters it set off the device to punish parliamentarians for backing foreign forces in the country – and threatened to carry out more attacks.

Feb 27, 2014

Suicide car bomb kills at least 10 in Somali capital

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – An Islamist militant suicide bomber drove a car into a Mogadishu cafe frequented by members of the security forces on Thursday, killing at least 10 people and blowing the place to bits.

Al Shabaab said it had carried out the attack, which followed an assault by its fighters on the president’s palace in the Somali capital last week.

Feb 22, 2014

Somalia’s al Shabaab say attack meant to get president ‘dead or alive’

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked militants said they had planned to either assassinate or abduct President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud when they attacked the presidential compound on Friday.

At least 11 people were killed when the Islamist group al Shabaab blasted through a gate with a car bomb and fought a gunbattle with guards at the heavily-fortified compound known as Villa Somalia. Mohamud was unharmed in the assault.

    • 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
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      somai english arabic
      Awards:
      2011
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