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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.

Nov 3, 2012

Suicide bombers hit Somali capital, three dead: witnesses

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Two suicide bombers attacked a restaurant in the Somali capital on Saturday, killing a security guard who stopped them entering the building, locals said.

It was not clear who was behind the bombings but Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgents have conducted similar previous attacks and remain a serious security challenge even after being forced out of their strongholds.

Nov 3, 2012

Suicide bombers hit Somali capital, 3 dead -witnesses

MOGADISHU, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Two suicide bombers attacked a
restaurant in the Somali capital on Saturday, killing a security
guard who stopped them entering the building, locals said.

It was not clear who was behind the bombings but Al
Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgents have conducted similar
previous attacks and remain a serious security challenge even
after being forced out of their strongholds.

Oct 8, 2012

Islamist militants ban Muslim agency’s aid to 1.3 million Somalis

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s al Shabaab militants said on Monday they had banned Muslim aid agency Islamic Relief from areas under their control, a move that would deprive 1.3 million people of food, clean water and health care.

Islamic Relief, one of few international aid agencies able to work in al Shabaab-run areas, said it had not been notified by the rebels that its permit had been revoked and that a ban would also threaten access to areas under government control.

Oct 6, 2012

Somali president names political newcomer as prime minister, urges unity

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Saturday named political newcomer Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid as the country’s new prime minister, a man diplomats say is untainted by the clan rivalry and feuding that has plagued Somalia for decades.

Though both the president and prime minister are new in their jobs, they will be confronted by old problems: acrimonious clan politics, rampant corruption, maritime piracy and a stubborn Islamist insurgency.

Oct 6, 2012

Somali president names political newcomer as PM, urges unity

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Saturday named political newcomer Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid as the country’s new prime minister, a man diplomats say is untainted by the clan rivalry and feuding that has plagued Somalia for decades.

Though both the president and prime minister are new in their jobs, they will be confronted by old problems: acrimonious clan politics, rampant corruption, maritime piracy and a stubborn Islamist insurgency.

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