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.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
By Feisal Omar
At 11:30 on Sunday morning I was sipping a cup of coffee at the Village restaurant near the palace when I heard a blast followed by gunshots.
I walked out onto the street and could see pickup trucks with anti-aircraft guns mounted on them, rushing toward the Mogadishu court. I started my vehicle and drove speedily in the direction of the court. I arrived moments later at the court building where there was an intense exchange of gunfire.
MOGADISHU, April 15 (Reuters) – Somali militants linked to
al Qaeda warned on Monday of further attacks in the capital, a
day after killing at least 30 people in a wave of coordinated
bombings and shootings that exposed the fragility of security
gains in Mogadishu.
African peacekeeping troops blocked off streets and searched
houses across the city at dawn on Monday to flush out suspected
members of the Islamist militant group al Shabaab which claimed
responsibility for the strikes.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – At least four people were killed as two car bombs exploded outside the law courts in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and gunmen stormed the building on Sunday, before a gunbattle erupted with security forces besieging the building, witnesses said.
It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, but al Shabaab militants linked to al Qaeda have claimed responsibility for a number of suicide bombs in Mogadishu this year.