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Mogadishu reels as truck bomb toll hits 137

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP |  The death toll from a massive weekend truck bomb in a busy shopping district of Mogadishu surged to at least 137, police said Sunday, warning it could rise further after one of the worst-ever attacks to hit war-torn Somalia. The figure was a huge jump …

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At least 20 dead as huge truck bomb rocks Somali capital

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | A truck bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday causing widespread devastation that left at least 20 dead, with the toll likely to rise. “Initial reports from emergency departments indicate more than 20 bodies picked up off the …

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Somalia’s defence minister, army chief resign

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP |  Somalia’s defence minister and army chief have both resigned, without explaining why, in a potential blow to the government’s fight against Shabaab Islamist militants. The resignations come as Somali security forces struggle to contain attacks by the al-Qaeda-linked group. Defence Minister Abdirashid Abdullahi confirmed his …

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Uhuru celebrations in Malaysia, Somalia hails Uganda relations

Kampala, Uganda  | MOFA | Ambassador Dorothy Samali Hyuha has hosted a dinner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to celebrate Uganda’s 55th Independence anniversary. Addressing the large turn-up of Ugandan diaspora at Intercontinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Hyuha said,  “I am impressed with your active participation in the national event as evidenced here …

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AMISOM, UN handover new police headquarters to Jubbaland state

Kismayo, Somalia | AMISOM | African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the United Nations have handed over a new police headquarters and a vehicle to Jubbaland state to help boost security in the region. Speaking at the ceremony, Jubbaland Police Commissioner Ahmednasir Guled Hassan commended the support provided by AMISOM …

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Turkey inaugurates military academy in Somalia

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP |  Turkey inaugurated on Saturday the largest foreign-run military training centre in Somalia, where local troops are due to take over the protection of a nation threatened by Shabaab Islamist attacks. Somalia’s fragile government and institutions, including its national army, are backed by the African Union’s …

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At least 20 soldiers killed in Somalia jihadist attack

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP |  Shabaab jihadists attacked an army base in the southern Somali town of Barire on Friday, killing at least 20 soldiers and looting equipment, local sources said. The assault on the Somali National Army military camp in Barire, around 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the …

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Bomb kills seven in Somalia market

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP |  At least seven people were killed and several others wounded after a car bomb exploded near a marketplace in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Thursday, a city official said. The blast occurred alongside a densely populated road near Hamarweyne market, an area where bombings claimed by …

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US kills six in Shabaab air strikes in Somalia

Washington, United States | AFP | US forces in Somalia conducted three air strikes on Islamist Shabaab targets Wednesday, killing six fighters with the Al-Qaeda linked group, the US military said. The pre-dawn operation occurred in southern Somalia about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Mogadishu. The strikes were conducted under …

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Somali troops flee to Kenya to escape Shabaab attack

  Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP |  Somali soldiers, some of them wounded, fled across the border into Kenya during an attack by Islamic militants on the town of Bulo Hawo on Monday, security sources said. At least 12 people died when fighters from the Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab group attacked the border …

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