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.
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.
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.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – The Somali Islamist militant group Al Shabaab taunted Kenya on Sunday as its guerrillas awaited a government bid to end a siege in the Nairobi shopping mall they had seized a day earlier.
Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack, in which 59 people were confirmed killed and a further undisclosed number were being held hostage on Sunday.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A prominent U.S.-born Islamist militant was killed in Somalia on Thursday, witnesses said, after he fell out with the al Shabaab rebel group’s top commander.
Residents in al Baate village in southern Somalia said Alabama-born Omar Hammami, commonly known as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki or ‘the American’, and a British national known as Usama al-Britani were shot dead in a dawn raid on their hideout.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – An Ethiopian military aircraft carrying ammunition crash-landed at Mogadishu’s international airport on Friday, bursting into flames and killing at least one crew member, airport staff and security officials said.
The plane got into trouble in the air and then missed the runway, crashing into the ground nearby.
MOGADISHU, July 27 (Reuters) – A car loaded with explosives
rammed into an office housing Turkish embassy staff in the
Somali capital, killing three people, witnesses and officials
said on Saturday, the latest in a series of blasts claimed by
Islamist al Shabaab rebels.
Al Shabaab was pushed out of bases in Mogadishu by Somali
and African forces about two years ago, raising hopes of a
return to relative security in a city hit by years of war.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A car loaded with explosives rammed into the gates of an office housing Turkish embassy staff in the Somali capital, killing three people, witnesses and police said on Saturday, the latest in a series of blasts over the past two months.
“A suicide car bomb targeted a building housing Turkish embassy workers near k4 (Kilometer Four),” Ahmed Mohamud, police officer told Reuters from the scene of the blast.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – The Somali militant group al Shabaab said on Sunday its fighters had killed eight Kenyans, including policemen, in a cross-border raid and had taken two captives back into Somalia.
A Kenyan official confirmed two policemen had been killed and two were missing but could not confirm if they were kidnapped during the attack on Saturday night.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A car bomb hit a convoy of cars carrying Qatari officials through the center of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday, killing at least eight Somalis, officials said.
The visiting delegation of Qataris, who were travelling in the Somali interior minister’s bullet-proof vehicle, were “safe”, a security officer told Reuters, without going into further detail. The minister was not in the car at the time.