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May 26, 2013

Somali militants attack Kenyan police in cross-border raid

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.

May 5, 2013

Bomb hits convoy carrying Qataris in Somalia, eight dead

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.

Apr 16, 2013
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“Are you al-Shabaab or soldiers?”



Mogadishu, Somalia

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.

Apr 15, 2013

Somali militants threaten more attacks after bombs kill 30

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.

Apr 14, 2013

Bombs and gunbattle kill at least four in Somali capital

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.

Mar 18, 2013

Car bomb kills at least 10 in Somali capital

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A suicide car bomber killed at least 10 people on Monday in the worst attack in the Somali capital this year when he tried to kill Mogadishu’s security chief near the presidential palace, police and rebels said.

Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militant group al Shabaab said it carried out the attack along Maka al Mukarram road that runs between the palace and the national theatre, a route lined by tearooms that were engulfed in fire from the blast.

Mar 17, 2013

Somali court frees reporter jailed for interviewing rape victim

MOGADISHU, March 17 (Reuters) – A Somali judge on Sunday
freed a journalist who was jailed last month for interviewing an
alleged gang-rape victim in a case that sparked international
condemnation over how Somali authorities treat victims of sexual
violence and press freedom.

Human rights groups said the February trial of gang rape
victim Luul Ali Osman and freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur
was politically motivated, aimed at covering up rampant sexual
abuse of women by the security forces.

Mar 1, 2013

Suicide bombs kill civilian at Somali beach restaurant

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Suicide bombers killed a civilian at a beach front restaurant in the Somali capital on Friday, officials said, underscoring how fragile security remains 18 months after African troops drove Islamist militants out of the city.

Ali Abdi, a waiter at Mogadishu’s Indian Ocean restaurant, said one bomber wearing a vest laden with explosives walked inside and blew himself up moments before a car bomb exploded a few meters away.

Feb 15, 2013

Kenya says no talks with rebels who claim killed soldier

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Kenyan defense officials said on Friday they would not negotiate with Somali militants linked to al Qaeda who said they executed a Kenyan army private at midnight on Thursday.

The al Shabaab militants, who want to impose a strict version of sharia, or Islamic law, said they killed the soldier after the expiry of an ultimatum for the release of Muslims held by Kenya on terror charges.

Feb 14, 2013

Somali Islamists say kill soldier, delay executions

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali militants linked to al Qaeda said they executed a Kenyan army private at midnight on Thursday after the expiry of an ultimatum for the release of Muslims held by Kenya on terror charges.

The al Shabaab militants, who want to impose a strict version of sharia, or Islamic law, also said they were extending the execution deadline by 72 hours for five other hostages.

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      "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."
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