MOGADISHU (Reuters) – An official with the Somali transport ministry was killed by a bomb blast in the capital of Mogadishu on Monday, hours after at least two people were killed and seven wounded when another bomb blast ripped through a busy market, officials said.
Al Shabaab militants, who have vowed to mount a series of attacks during Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month which began on Sunday, claimed responsibility for both attacks. The militant Islamist group also claimed its gunmen shot dead three people on Sunday and said the killings were just the start of its group’s Ramadan campaign.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist rebels shot dead three members of Somalia’s security forces in the capital on Sunday, police and witnesses said on the first day of Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month when insurgents had warned they would stage attacks.
The government and African Union peacekeepers have stepped up security to try to prevent assaults during the month by the Islamist al Shabaab group, which has waged a seven-year campaign to impose its strict interpretation of Islamic law.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist militants hurled grenades at the gate of a hotel in central Somalia on Thursday then opened fire as they burst into the building used by Somali soldiers and Djiboutian African Union peacekeepers, residents said.
Al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab said it killed several guards and soldiers in the attack in town of Bulobarde, the movement’s second assault on the hotel since March. The deaths could not be confirmed independently.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Kenyan fighter jets have attacked two bases belonging to Islamist al Shabaab insurgents in Somalia and killed at least 80 militants, African Union peacekeepers there said on Monday.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), whose soldiers launched a new offensive against al Shabaab this year, said Kenyan planes carried out the raids on Anole and Kuday in the southern Lower Jubba region. It did not say when they took place.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Al Shabaab militants stormed Somalia’s parliament on Saturday, killing at least 10 security officers in a bomb and gun assault that the United States condemned as a “heinous act of terrorism.”
The attack started with a car bomb at a gate to the heavily fortified parliament compound, followed by a suicide bombing and then a gun battle that continued for hours. Al Shabaab is an al Qaeda-linked group that killed 67 people at a Kenyan shopping mall last year.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Al Shabaab stormed Somalia’s parliament on Saturday, killing at least four people in a bomb and gun assault that the United Nations called “an attack against the people”.
The attack – by the group that killed 67 people at a Kenyan shopping mall last year – started with a car bomb at a gate to the heavily fortified parliament compound, followed by a suicide bombing and then a gun battle which continued for hours.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Al Qaeda-linked militants attacked Somalia’s parliament on Saturday, killing at least four people in a bomb and gun assault, the Islamist group and police said.
“A car bomb exploded at the gate of the parliament house – then it was followed by a suicide bomber explosion. So far we have confirmed four policemen dead,” a police colonel, Farah Hussein, told Reuters.
MOGADISHU, May 22 (Reuters) – A senior Somali Islamist
commander said his group had moved its holy war to Kenya’s
capital, threatening to launch attacks by teenage suicide
bombers on a city already reeling from bomb blasts and a deadly
militant assault on a shopping mall.
Somalia’s al Shabaab group has declared war on its neighbour
before, but Fuad Mohamed Khalaf’s comments suggested an
escalation in a campaign that has piled pressure on the Kenyan
government and alarmed regional and global powers.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist rebels shot dead a Somali lawmaker on Tuesday, a day after blowing up one of his colleagues in his car, and vowed to keep killing politicians and wreck efforts to secure the country.
Al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab told Reuters the latest killing was meant to send a message to Western-backed President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who on Tuesday was due to wrap up a three-day conference on improving security in the capital.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A Somali lawmaker was killed when a bomb planted by Islamist militants ripped through his car in the capital Mogadishu on Monday, officials said.
Al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab told Reuters it set off the device to punish parliamentarians for backing foreign forces in the country – and threatened to carry out more attacks.