Somalia

Mogadishu (AFP) Heavily-armed Al-Shabaab militants attacked an African Union military camp outside Mogadishu on Sunday, killing four Ugandan peacekeepers, their army said. Local sources said a massive blast was heard in the Bulomarer district, around 150 kilometres (93 miles) south of Mogadishu, and fighting broke out after dozens of heavily armed Shabaab militants stormed the base. “The heavy blast struck the base before fighting broke out. We are hearing the militants used a minibus loaded with explosives to make their way in before the heavily armed confrontation started at theRead More
Mogadishu (AFP) At least four people were killed Sunday in a suicide car bomb attack in central Mogadishu, police and witnesses said. “There was a blast at a checkpoint close to the interior ministry. Four people were killed including two members of the security forces,” Abdulahi Mohamed, a police officer in the capital, told AFP. The other two victims were civilians. “We don’t have the details yet but the indications show that a bomber was involved trying to pass by the security checkpoint,” he added. According to the official andRead More
Mogadishu (AFP) At least 14 people were killed and several others wounded on Thursday when a car bomb blew up outside a popular hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. The Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab group said it was responsible for the blast in front of the Weheliye hotel in the city centre, claiming it had targeted a gathering of government officials, army and intelligence officers. A government spokesman said 14 people had died but the toll could rise as rescuers search through the debris. “There was a heavy blast here and theRead More
Mogadishu (AFP) Shortly after sunrise, a group of young women arrives at a football pitch in Mogadishu, where they shrug off their hijabs — some changing underneath the billowing veil — to reveal their team kit. Young Somali men stand nearby, some disapproving but all watching closely, as the women jog up and down, dribble a worn-out ball between colourful cones and do sit-ups, less than 200 metres (656 feet) from a heavily guarded security checkpoint. The sight of young women playing football is highly unusual in Somalia, due toRead More
Mogadishu (AFP) Two car bombings killed 38 people in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, the city’s main ambulance service told AFP on Saturday. “We have seen at least 38 people dead,” said Abdukadir Abdurahman Aden of the Aamin Ambulance of the bombings that targeted the presidential palace and a hotel. The first blast, followed by gunfire, occurred at a security checkpoint close to Villa Somalia, the name for the seat of government, while a second followed soon after at a hotel, according to police. The Shabaab Islamist militant groupRead More
Garowe (Somalia) (AFP) The new freezers at Somalia’s only forensic laboratory can store thousands of DNA samples, although for now there are just five. The big hope is that they could be the start of a revolution in how the troubled Horn of Africa country tackles its widespread sexual violence — provided some daunting hurdles are overcome. The first sample arrived at the start of the year taken on a cotton swab from the underwear of a woman, a rape victim from the village of Galdogob. It was wrapped inRead More
Mogadishu (AFP) A Somali military court on Tuesday sentenced a man to death after finding him guilty of carrying out an October truck bombing that killed over 500 people, the deadliest attack in the nation’s history. Colonel Hassan Ali Shute found 23-year-old Hassan Adan Isaq guilty of heading the Shabaab terrorist cell behind the October 14 terror attack. He also sentenced a second man to life in prison in absentia for being a member of the Al-Qaeda aligned group and procuring the vehicle used in the attack, while a thirdRead More
Mogadishu (AFP) Lawmakers in the breakaway state of Somaliland have for the first time adopted a law criminalising rape, in what has been hailed as a “victory for women” in the conservative Muslim region. “This law is the most useful ever passed in Somaliland and it will help eradicate violations against women, specifically, rape and other sexual offences,” MP Ibrahim Mahdi Buba told AFP late Tuesday. After seven years of debate, the law was finally adopted on Monday in Hargeisa, the capital of the semi-autonomous region which declared independence fromRead More
Mogadishu (AFP) A suicide bomber from Somalia’s Shabaab insurgents killed 18 police officers and wounded 15 others on Thursday when he blew himself up inside the country’s main police academy, the force’s chief said. Witnesses said the police were gathered in a square ahead of their early morning parade when the bomber attacked in the capital Mogadishu. “Eighteen members from the police were killed, and 15 others were wounded, after a suicide bomber blew himself inside the academy,” acting police chief General Muktar Hussein Afrah told reporters. The attacker disguisedRead More
Mogadishu (AFP) A suicide bomber from Somalia’s Shabaab insurgents killed 18 police officers and wounded 15 others on Thursday when he blew himself up inside the country’s main police academy, the force’s chief said. Witnesses said the police were gathered in a square ahead of their early morning parade when the bomber attacked in the capital Mogadishu. The assault is the latest in a decade-old battle by the jihadists to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government. “Eighteen members from the police were killed, and 15 others were wounded, after a suicide bomberRead More