Somalia

Mogadishu (AFP) A one-time deputy leader and spokesman for Somalia’s Shabaab insurgents defected to the country’s government on Sunday, a local official said. Muktar Robow was the subject of a $5 million bounty from the United States for his role with the Al-Qaeda linked Islamist militants. But his split with former Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane four years ago led him to seek safety in his hometown in Somalia’s southwest Bakool region, though he never formally renounced the insurgency. “Muktar Robow defected from Shabaab and he is now in HudurRead More
Mogadishu (AFP) At least five people were killed and ten wounded in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday when a car bomb detonated on a busy road, the security ministry said. There was no immediate claim of responsiblity but the bombing fits the pattern of Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab Islamists, who have carried out numerous suicide bombings and raids in the capital targeting civilian, government and military targets. Security ministry spokesman Ahmed Mohamud said five civilians were killed and ten others wounded in the car bomb blast. “It occurred in front ofRead More
Mogadishu (AFP) Shabaab militants in Somalia on Sunday claimed they had killed 39 African Union troops in an ambush in the country’s south. The claim by the Al-Qaeda linked insurgents, made by the group’s spokesman on an affiliated radio station, could not be immediately verified. Local residents did confirm to AFP that fighting had taken place Sunday in the Lower Shebelle region, a hotly contested area where Shabaab’s spokesman said they had staged their ambush. “The mujahedeen fighters stood over the dead bodies of 39 soldiers, among them senior commanders”,Read More
Mogadishu (AFP) Somalia rejoined the world wide web on Monday, more than three weeks after internet access was cut when a container ship damaged an undersea cable connecting the Horn of Africa nation to the world. “The technical issue, which has disrupted the internet connection, is resolved and the service is now resumed,” telecommunications minister Abdi Anshur Hassan told a press conference in the capital Mogadishu. The blackout affected the majority of the 6.5 million people living in Somalia’s south-central region, cutting off access to everything from hotel booking sitesRead More
Mogadishu (AFP) Last month, a baby was born in the Somali capital Mogadishu with a terrible eye defect that requires treatment abroad. The infant was cleared for treatment in Turkey but before the paperwork was complete a container ship, believed to be the Panama-flagged MSC Alice, docked outside Mogadishu port, accidentally dragging its anchor through the main fibre optic cable connecting Somalia with the rest of the world. Since that evening of June 24 most of the Horn of Africa nation has been cut off from the web, costing itRead More