AMISOM says foiled attack on its convoy in Somalia


African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has released a statement confirming that its soldiers have thwarted a bomb attack on Burundian peacekeepers in middle Shabelle region on Monday. According to a Twitter post, the AU mission said An IED targeting an AMISOM convoy travelling from Biyo Cadale to Miirtigo was detected and destroyed. No damage or injuries were reported. AMISOM ...

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AMISOM convoy targeted in IED blasts in Somalia


Two simultaneous blasts ripped through a convoy carrying AU soldiers serving with AMISOM near Mahaday district in middle Shabelle region on Monday. Sources said AMISOM convoy was targeted in remote-controlled land mine explosions as it drove between Biyo Adde and Mir Tuugo areas by Al shabaab. AMISOM soldiers are reported to have suffered casualties in the blasts as one of ...

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EU condemns Al Shabaab attack on Mogadishu port


A terrorist attack that hit Mogadishu seaport in Somalia yesterday has left dozens of casualties and many more wounded. The EU expresses its condolences to the families of the victims, and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. Al-Shabaab has targeted the civilian population who have already paid a heavy price in a country affected by decades of war. These actions come ...

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Turkey strongly condemns car bomb blast in Somalia


Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday has strongly condemned the terror attack in Somalia that claimed at least 22 lives earlier in the day. In a written statement, the foreign ministry said “Turkey will continue to stand by the brotherly Somali people and continue its efforts on building stability and welfare in the country.” At least 22 people died and 23 ...

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Somali president Hassan Sheikh arrives in Kismayo


A high-level delegation led by Somalia’s incumbent president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has arrived on Monday in the southern strategic port city of Kismayo. Mr Mohamud has been welcomed in style at the city’s airport by top Jubbaland officials including president Ahmed Madobe and Somali and AMISOM army commanders. The security of Kismayo was tightened by Somali, AMISOM and Jubbaland forces ahead ...

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Puntland forces retake Qandala from ISIL militants


Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland troops have retaken control of the seaside city of Qandala located in Bari region from pro-Islamic state militants on Sunday after a combat. The regional forces have launched last week an assault to drive out the ISIL-affiliated fighters from Qandala, 75Km east of Puntland’s commercial and port town of Bosaso. In mid October, Heavily armed pro-ISIL militants ...

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Outgoing deputy speaker elected MP in Mogadishu


The outgoing deputy speaker of Somali parliament Jeylani Nur Ikar has been elected as federal MP in the ongoing lower elections for Banadiri community in Somali capital, Mogadishu on Sunday. Mr Ikar has retained his seat of the lower house after narrowly defeating his main rival candidate Abdulaziz Osman with majority 28 votes, according to the electoral results. Osman got ...

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Puntland forces approach port town, ready to attack ISIL


Hundreds of pro-government Somali forces began moving toward the port town of Qandala on Monday for an offensive against Islamic State fighters who seized it last month, Qandala’s mayor said. The forces include militia fighters, soldiers from the semi-autonomous region of Puntland and fighters from the same clan as Abdiqadir Mumin, the Somali insurgent leader who has pledged allegiance to ...

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An Elder shot dead in Mogadishu


Unknown assailants have shot and killed a renowned traditional elder in Somali capital, Mogadishu on Tuesday, witnesses and police said. A Somali police officer said three men armed with pistols have gunned down the elder at Arafat area in Mogadishu’s Yaqshid district. The elder who was identified as Mohamed Abdi Jimale died on the spot after he was shot in ...

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Somalia’s Presidential Election Postponed for Third Time


Somalia’s presidential elections, scheduled to begin this week, have been postponed for a third time, the electoral body said Monday. Omar Mohamed Abdulle, head of Somalia’s electoral body, said elections slated for Wednesday will not happen as planned. Abdulle did not offer a new date, but said the next president will be elected before the end of this year. Somalia’s ...

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