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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.