China donates $1.2m to AU mission in Somalia


The Chinese government has donated $1.2m towards peace efforts in Somalia. The donation will be going to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Smail Chergui, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, used his official twitter handle to make the announcement on Monday. Ambassador Kuang Weilin signed for the Chinese government while Chergui signed for the AU. ...

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EU to keep patrolling for Somali pirates until end of 2018


The European Union’s naval mission will keep patrolling for pirates off the coast of Somalia for another two years, to guard against any resurgence of attacks, the bloc said on Monday. The number of raids and kidnappings has fallen – though maritime officials have warned that the risk is still, underlined by two attempted attacks last month. NATO said last ...

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UN trains Somali officers on human trafficking


The UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday that it has trained 30 police and immigration officers from various ports of entry in Puntland, Somalia on basic concepts of human trafficking and gender-based violence (GBV). The UN migration agency said the officers were also trained on how to detect and respond to cases of human trafficking and GBV ...

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EU statement on the attack in Mogadishu, Somalia


A large bomb blast in a Mogadishu vegetable market has left scores of innocent civilians, including many women, killed and wounded in an act of senseless violence. “We offer our deepest condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims,” said EU spokesperson in a statement seen by Shabelle Media Network. Somalia, following decades of civil war and disarray, is ...

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Egypt slams car bomb attack in Somali capital


Egypt condemned Saturday a car bomb attack that killed over 10 people at a crowded market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “Egypt stresses support for the government and people of Somalia in their confrontation of terrorism, which targets stability, peace and reestablishment of institutions in Somalia,” Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said ...

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Uganda says salary of its troops in AMISOM ‘ready


The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala has said the Ugandan troops serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia will be paid in Euros effective January 2017 and that ten months arrear for the troops has been transferred to Bank of Uganda. “We have received Information that African Union has transferred to Bank of Uganda over US ...

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Several soldiers killed in bomb blast at army base


At least one Somali government soldier was killed and several others were wounded in a remote-controlled land mine blast at an army base near Jowhar city, south of Somalia. The attack was the result of an improvised explosives device (IED) planted at an army outpost manned by SNA in Buno-sabun area located between Jowhar and Mahaday towns. Confirming the incident, ...

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Photos: Death toll from market bombing rises to 7


The death toll has risen to 7 after a car bomb struck a busy vegetable market in Mogadishu on Saturday noon. Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. The explosion, which has rocked the market, was the result of a car packed with explosives that was parked along the Afisyoni road, which is often used by government motorcades. ...

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Car bomb kills two officers near Somali parliament building


Two government officers have been killed after their security convy was hit by a suicide car-bomb blast that was claimed by the hardline Al shabaab group. “”There was a heavy blast caused by a car loaded with explosives alongside the Sayidka road, several members of the security were injured in the incident” security officer said. The scene occurred the explosion ...

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