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.
MOGADISHU, Dec 3 (Reuters) – At least three Somali security
personnel were killed when a car bomb targeting a United Nations
convoy exploded near the airport in the Somali capital, police
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but in the
past similar attacks against the U.N. have been carried out by
al Shabaab militants who are allied with al Qaeda and want to
topple the Western-backed government in Mogadishu.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali lawmakers said they would begin a debate on Tuesday on a motion to sack Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, a move Washington warned could deepen political turmoil.
The no-confidence motion was backed by lawmakers loyal to President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud after the two men fell out over a cabinet reshuffle last month.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – The Somali government’s grand vision for Mogadishu port under its new Turkish managers sees modern container ships replacing wooden dhows, new cranes easing the back-breaking work of porters and a surge in state revenue as traffic rises.
Outsourcing port operations to Turkey’s Albayrak Group is one more sign of Somalia’s slow rehabilitation, a dramatic shift from more than two decades of war when clans battled for control of Somalia’s most valuable asset and let its facilities decay.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s al Shabaab militants said on Wednesday they had stoned an 18-year-old man to death for raping a woman at gunpoint in one of their strongholds in the southern Lower Shabelle region.
The group, which pledges loyalty to al Qaeda, has been losing territory in an offensive by African and Somali troops, but has been determined to demonstrate its authority over areas it still controls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.