Gunfire, explosions heard inside besieged hotel in Somali capital

Gunfire was heard on Monday from inside a besieged hotel in the Somali capital that was attacked on the weekend, a nearby resident and a police officer said, while parliament said it had postponed a scheduled session. The Villa Rose hotel, near the presidential residence, was stormed on Sunday by attackers of al Qaeda-linked al… Read More Gunfire, explosions heard inside besieged hotel in Somali capital

Co-founder of al Shabaab militant group Abdullahi Nadir killed in military operation

Somalia’s government said one of the co-founders of Islamist militant group al Shabaab had been killed in a joint operation with international partners over the weekend, while the insurgents claimed responsibility for a new attack on Monday. Somali security forces have touted gains made in recent weeks against the al Qaeda-linked group while fighting alongside… Read More Co-founder of al Shabaab militant group Abdullahi Nadir killed in military operation

At least twelve dead as al Shabaab militants attack hotel in Somali capital of Mogadishu

At least 12 people have been killed in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu after al Qaeda-linked militants attacked a hotel, seizing control in a siege that authorities are still battling to end, an intelligence officer said on Saturday. The attackers blasted their way into the Hayat Hotel on Friday evening with two car bombs before opening fire.… Read More At least twelve dead as al Shabaab militants attack hotel in Somali capital of Mogadishu

At least thirteen dead following suicide bomb explosion in central Somalia

At least 13 people were killed in the central Somali town of Beledweyne on Saturday, state television said, after a suicide bomber blew themselves up in a restaurant that witnesses said was packed with local officials and politicians. The al Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, according to a report by SITE intelligence,… Read More At least thirteen dead following suicide bomb explosion in central Somalia

Somali journalist Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled killed in suicide bomb attack

An al Shabaab suicide bomber in the Somali capital killed himself and a well-known Somali journalist on Saturday, al Shabaab and the journalist’s family said. Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled, commonly known as Abdiaziz Afrika, worked with the government-owned Radio Mogadishu and covered al Shabaab extensively. “My cousin Abdiaziz was killed by a suicide bomber immediately after… Read More Somali journalist Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled killed in suicide bomb attack

Five dead as blast hits bus carrying soccer team in southern Somalia

An explosive planted on a bus carrying soccer players in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo killed at least five players, a police officer said on Friday. “We have confirmed five deaths and more than 12 injuries and we still have some players missing,” Captain Ahmed Farah said from Kismayo. It was not immediately clear who… Read More Five dead as blast hits bus carrying soccer team in southern Somalia