NAIROBI (Reuters) – The African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia said on Friday a convoy of Ethiopian soldiers was attacked a day earlier by the al Shabaab Islamist group and that a logistics team was headed to the scene to seek further details.
The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab carries out frequent attacks in Somalia as it seeks to impose its strict interpretation of Islamic law and overthrow the Somali government, which is backed by Western donors and African peacekeepers.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – At least 24 people were killed in southern Somalia after fighting between al Shabaab Islamist militants and government forces, residents and the rebel group said on Saturday.
Al Shabaab launched an attack on government troops on Friday evening in the Awdigle district and Mubarak village in the Lower Shabelle region, south of the capital. Clashes lasted until Saturday morning, residents said.
MOGADISHU, May 6 (Reuters) – Al Shabaab Islamist militants
shot dead a government official in Mogadishu on Wednesday and,
in a separate attack, bombed an African Union troop convoy
outside the Somali capital, police and a spokesman for the group
Abdifatah Barre, the deputy district commissioner of
Mogadishu’s Wadajir district, was shot dead in his car.
BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) – Somalia’s al Shabaab militants stormed a police station in the country’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland and killed three policemen late on Monday, police said.
Several militants from the Islamist group were also killed during the brief siege of the police station in Yalho village, near the port town of Bosasso, police said.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s al Shabaab militants killed two city council officials, a former parliamentarian and a senior prison officer in Mogadishu, police and the rebel group said on Sunday.
The al Qaeda-allied group has stepped up its gun and bomb attacks in the Horn of Africa nation over the past week. Six people were killed in an attack on a vehicle carrying U.N. staff in the semi-autonomous Puntland region on Monday, and a suicide bomber killed 10 in a restaurant in Mogadishu on Tuesday.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist al Shabaab militants attacked an African Union peacekeepers’ convoy on Sunday in southern Somalia, wounding at least three people and burning two vehicles, a Somali army officer said.
Al Shabaab said it had launched the attack near the town of Leego, in the southern Lower Shabelle region, and that it had destroyed two vehicles and had killed five members of the force.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Al Shabaab Islamist militants attacked a government building housing two ministries in the Somali capital on Tuesday, setting off two big blasts before gunmen stormed inside, killing at least five people, police and the Islamist rebels said.
It is the latest in a series of raids in Mogadishu by the group which wants to topple the Western-backed government and impose its own strict version of Islamic law.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – The death toll from an attack by Islamist militants on a hotel in the Somali capital rose to at least 15, police said as fighting continued into early Saturday, with loud explosions heard overnight.
Al Shabaab fighters blasted and shot their way into the popular Hotel Maka Al Mukaram on Friday afternoon, trapping many government officials.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist militants blasted their way into a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least seven people and trapping government officials inside, police and witnesses said.
Somali special forces broke through the compound wall and exchanged gunfire with fighters holed up in the main building of the Maka Al Mukaram hotel, said police.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Gunmen attacked a convoy carrying a Kenyan state governor near the Somali border on Friday, leaving him unharmed but wounding several people close to the spot where Islamists launched a string of deadly attacks last year, the army and media said.
Somali Islamist group al Shabaab said its fighters crossed into Kenya and killed four soldiers in an attack on a military convoy on Friday morning, without mentioning the governor.