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May 23, 2012

AU forces intensify attack on Somali rebels

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – African Union and Somali government troops stepped up their assault on al Shabaab militants in the capital’s northern outskirts on Wednesday, forcing hundreds of families to flee their makeshift homes and head for the city centre.

The AU force, which already controls most of the capital, is trying to advance through the Afgoye corridor, once a rural area northwest of Mogadishu but now home to hundreds of thousands of Somalis uprooted from their homes.

May 22, 2012

AU troops battle Somali rebels for control of IDP corridor

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Fighting erupted outside Somalia’s capital as African Union and government troops launched attacks against al Shabaab insurgents in a push to seize further ground from the rebels, AU officials said on Tuesday.

Already in control of most of the capital, the AU force wants to advance through the Afgoye corridor – once a rural area to the north of Mogadishu but now home to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people.

May 10, 2012

Ethiopian troops battle Somali rebels blocking supplies

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Ethiopian troops and Somali government forces killed 17 al Shabaab rebels on Thursday after the Islamist militants blocked a road in southern Somalia and stole goods, a regional official said.

Mohamed Abdi Mayow, the governor of Bakool region, said the al Qaeda-linked militants had been blocking trucks carrying supplies to Hudur for seven weeks and had unloaded goods from at least five lorries.

May 8, 2012

Somali rebels shell peacekeepers, at least 9 dead

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist rebels armed with mortars and machine guns attacked African Union forces in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu overnight, sparking a battle that killed at least nine people, officials and residents said on Tuesday.

The al Shabaab militants, who are allied to al Qaeda, were forced out of most of the city last year but have kept up sporadic bomb and suicide attacks.

Apr 29, 2012

S.African security officer killed in Somalia – local govt

MOGADISHU, April 29 (Reuters) – 0A South African security
trainer has been killed in Somalia by unknown gunmen during a
government-approved mission against pirates, the government of
the semi-autonomous region of Puntland said.

Pirates operating from the Somali coast have raked in
millions of dollars in ransoms from hijacked ships, including
oil tankers in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, in what
costs the world economy billions of dollars a year.

Apr 29, 2012

S.African security officer killed in Somalia – local govt

MOGADISHU, April 29 (Reuters) – 0A South African security
trainer has been killed in Somalia by unknown gunmen during a
government-approved mission against pirates, the government of
the semi-autonomous region of Puntland said.

Pirates operating from the Somali coast have raked in
millions of dollars in ransoms from hijacked ships, including
oil tankers in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, in what
costs the world economy billions of dollars a year.

Apr 23, 2012
via Photographers' Blog

One month in Somalia

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By Feisal Omar

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

April 5 – I was in my car and was not far from the theater when I heard a big explosion. I stood up and immediately saw a local journalist covered with blood and running. I asked him about the explosion and he told me it was inside the theater. I went towards it but security was tightened after the blast as the government feared other blasts would follow. By then, government soldiers were firing on anyone rushing to the scene.

After some minutes I managed to enter the theater. I saw dead bodies including those of the two biggest sports officials. I was shocked. Rescue workers stood on scattered pieces of human flesh as they collected casualties. I had to take their photos as tears rolled down my cheeks.

    • About Feisal

      "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."
      Hometown:
      burao
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
      Languages:
      somai english arabic
      Awards:
      2011
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