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Feb 13, 2014

Al Shabaab car bomb hits UN convoy, killing 7 Somalis

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – At least seven Somalis were killed when a remote-controlled bomb aimed at a United Nations convoy tore through cars and tea shops just outside the capital’s international airport on Thursday.

Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, which damaged one U.N. vehicle. A U.N. official said none of its staff were hurt.

Feb 13, 2014

Al Shabaab car bomb hits U.N. convoy, killing seven Somalis

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – At least seven Somalis were killed when a remote-controlled bomb aimed at a United Nations convoy tore through cars and tea shops just outside the capital’s international airport on Thursday.

Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, which damaged one U.N. vehicle. A U.N. official said none of its staff were hurt.

Jan 1, 2014

Mogadishu hotel targeted by bombs, at least 11 killed

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Three bombs exploded within an hour outside a hotel frequented by government officials in a heavily fortified district of the Somali capital on Wednesday, killing at least 11 people.

The attacks on the Jazira hotel, one of the securest places in Mogadishu, underscore the security challenges facing President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, whose election by lawmakers last year was hailed by many as a way to end two decades of conflict.

Dec 12, 2013

Somalian president names economist as new prime minister

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s president named economist Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed as his new prime minister on Thursday, ending weeks of political paralysis as the country strives to secure fragile security gains against Islamist militants.

Ahmed previously worked at the Islamic Development Bank in Saudi Arabia. He replaces Abdi Farah Shirdon who was forced out by lawmakers in a vote of no confidence after falling out with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Oct 27, 2013

Somalia radio stations shut down, ordered out of government building

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali security agents shut down two radio stations and ordered its reporters to leave a building they were occupying for non-payment of rent, a government official said on Sunday.

The official said the Shabelle Media Network’s stations had been given a deadline to leave the government-owned building, which they had initially refused.

Oct 27, 2013

Somalia journalists beaten, radio stations taken off air – union

MOGADISHU, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Somali security agents stormed
and shut down two radio stations, beat and detained reporters,
and impounded their equipment, their union said.

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said the
raid in Mogadishu on Saturday was connected to stories Radio
Shabelle and SkyFM, both part of the Shabelle Media Network, had
aired touching on accusations of corruption within government.

Oct 19, 2013

Suicide bomber kills 16 in Somali cafe attack aimed at foreign troops

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people on Saturday in an attack on a cafe in a Somali town close to the Ethiopian border frequented by local and foreign soldiers fighting al Qaeda-linked rebels.

Al Shabaab said it had carried out the bombing, in the town of Baladweyne, targeting troops participating in an African Union peacekeeping force fighting the Somali Islamist group.

Oct 17, 2013
via Photographers' Blog

Somalia’s gradual healing

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Mogadishu, Somalia

By Feisal Omar

After 22 years, Somalia clearly shows signs of recuperating from the deep wounds of civil-war and insurgency.

The emergence of a recognized Somali government has positively changed life; particularly in the city which was mostly an Islamist stronghold two years ago. Somalis in the diaspora have returned for the first time and run various kinds of businesses: contemporary hotels, restaurants and shops. The arrival of Turkish companies that busily repair the ruined roads and mass construction of apartments teaches one of the rebirth of Somalia.

Oct 5, 2013

Somali militants say Western forces raid base and kill fighter

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali al Shabaab militants said on Saturday British and Turkish special forces had raided a coastal town overnight, killing a rebel fighter, but that a British officer had also been killed and others wounded.

A British Defence Ministry spokeswoman said: “We are not aware of any British involvement in this at all.” A Turkish Foreign Ministry official denied any Turkish part in such an action.

Oct 5, 2013

Somali militants say “Western” forces attack coastal base from beach

MOGADISHU, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Somali Islamist militants said
on Saturday “Western” forces attacked a house in one of its
coastal bases in the town of Barawe under the cover of dark,
killing one rebel fighter.

Foreign forces landed on the beach at Barawe, about 180 km
(110 miles) south of Mogadishu, and launched an assault that
drew gunfire from rebel fighters, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab,
spokesman for al Shabaab’s military operations, told Reuters.

    • 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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      2007
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      Awards:
      2011
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