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Feb 5, 2013

Somali court sends alleged rape victim and journalist to jail

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A Somali judge on Tuesday jailed a woman who said she had been raped by soldiers and a journalist who interviewed her, finding them guilty of making up the story to besmirch the government.

The verdict and one-year jail sentences drew condemnation from Somalia’s union of journalists. Human rights groups have called the trial politically motivated, aimed at covering up rampant sexual abuse of women by the security forces.

Feb 5, 2013

Somalia’s al Shabaab rebels back on Twitter after suspension

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s Islamist al Shabaab militants, who have used Twitter to announce assassinations and bombings, are back on the microblog service two weeks after their account was suspended.

” will function like the one they closed,” a spokesman who declined to be named said on Tuesday.

Feb 2, 2013

Woman’s trial raises concerns over rape victims in Somalia

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A woman who said she was raped by Somali soldiers and a journalist who interviewed her went on trial on Saturday in a case that has sparked international concerns over sexual violence and press freedom in the country.

The woman, her husband and journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur face charges including insulting a government body, making false accusations, and seeking to profit from the allegations. Neither the 27-year-old woman nor her husband have been named.

Jan 25, 2013

Al Shabaab says enemies closed its Twitter account

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Al Shabaab on Friday said its Christian enemies had closed its Twitter account, which the Somali militant group used to parade hostages, mock rivals and claim responsibility for bombings and assassinations.

The group’s official Twitter account, which has thousands of followers, was offline on Friday with a message saying “Sorry, that user is suspended”.

Jan 17, 2013

Somali Islamist rebels say have executed French hostage

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali militants linked to al Qaeda said on Thursday they had executed a French agent who French commandos had tried but failed to rescue at the weekend.

Al Shabaab rebels have said the death sentence imposed on Denis Allex was to avenge what it called France’s growing persecution of Muslims and its military operations around the world against Islamists, including in Mali.

Jan 16, 2013

Somali Islamists say French hostage sentenced to death

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali militants linked to al Qaeda said on Wednesday they had sentenced a French agent to death after a failed attempt by French armed forces to rescue him at the weekend.

It was unclear whether the rebels were saying they had already killed Denis Allex, held hostage in Somalia since 2009. France said it had heard nothing since the military raid to alter its belief that he was killed during the rescue operation.

Jan 16, 2013

Somali Islamist rebels sentence French hostage to death

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali militants linked to al Qaeda said on Wednesday they had sentenced a French agent to death after a failed attempt by French armed forces to rescue him at the weekend.

Al Shabaab said in a statement the decision to kill Denis Allex, held hostage in Somalia since 2009, was unanimous and followed three years of what it called “exhaustive attempts at negotiations” over his release.

Jan 14, 2013

Second French commando dies of wounds: Somali rebels

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A second French soldier has died from gunshot wounds after an attempt to rescue a French agent failed at the weekend, Somalia’s al Shabaab rebel group said on Monday.

The al Qaeda-linked militants put up fierce resistance when French forces went into southern Somalia by helicopter under the cover of darkness on Saturday to try to free Denis Allex, held hostage since 2009.

Jan 12, 2013

Somali pirates release Syrian hostages after two years: authorities

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali pirates have released three Syrian hostages held in captivity since 2010 without payment of any ransom, government officials said on Saturday.

The three were part of the 19-strong crew of a Panama-flagged, United Arab Emirates-owned bulk cargo vessel captured in December 2010 some 400 miles northeast of the Seychelles. The ship was released in October 2012 after pirates said they received $400,000, but detained six of the crew to get more money for them.

Jan 12, 2013

Somali rebels say France attacks to rescue secret agent

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – French military helicopters attacked a base belonging to al Shabaab insurgents in southern Somalia to rescue a French secret agent held hostage since 2009, a rebel spokesman said on Saturday.

French officials were not immediately available to comment on reports of the raid, in which a Somali government official said at least two people were killed.

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      "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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