Tag Archives: Mogadishu

Somalia & Kenya exposed to increased Al Shabaab attacks

2 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Huge explosion hits Mogadishu

A suicide bomber has attacked a government office in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, causing a nearby school to collapse, police say.

The car bomb in Howlwadag district killed three soldiers and injured 14 people, including six children, local officials told BBC Somali.

The blast also damaged nearby houses and blew the roof off a mosque.

The militant group al-Shabab, which has waged an insurgency for more than 10 years, said it carried out the attack.

Police officer Abdullahi Hussein told Reuters that a suicide bomber had rammed a car into the district office of Howlwadag.

Somalia has faced instability and violence since 1991, when the military government was overthrown.

The ousting of Mohamed Siad Barre led to a decades-long civil war between rival warlords, and two northern regions – Somaliland and Puntland – effectively broke away from Somalia.

Much of the country has effectively been a war zone.

A UN-backed unity government was formed in 2012. Al-Shabab has since been driven out of many urban areas but still controls territory in rural regions and carries out gun attacks and bombings on military and civilian targets.

The militant group has imposed a strict version of Sharia in areas under its control, including stoning to death women accused of adultery and amputating the hands of thieves.

/BBC News

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Five Kenyan soldiers killed, 10 injured in Lamu ‘Al-Shabaab’ attack

Five Kenyan soldiers have been killed and 10 others injured in a suspected Al-Shabaab attack in Lamu County.

The soldiers died after their truck ran over an explosive device on Kiunga-Sankuri road on Wednesday morning.

Confirming the incident, KDF Spokesperson Colonel Paul Njuguna said the attack happened at around 8am while the officers were on humanitarian assignment to fetch and distribute water to residents.

The officers are part of the ongoing multi-agency security operation Linda Boni that launched by the national government in September 2015 to flush out Al-Shabaab militants believed to be hiding inside the dense forest.

“Following the incident, 10 KDF soldiers are receiving medical care from injuries sustained,” Col. Njuguna said in a statement.

He thanked locals in the area who offered assistance to the soldiers and called upon them to assist in weeding out lurking terror elements in their midst.

The attack comes barely three weeks after six KDF soldiers were killed and five others injured in a similar attack at Kwa Omollo Bridge on the Bodhei-Bar’goni road on August 8.

/Daily Nation 

 

 

Al-Shabab, Ramadan & Mogadishu’s killing fields

25 Jun

Posted by The Ethipoia Observatory (TEO)

A car bomb targeting a bulletproof vehicle carrying diplomats from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has killed at least 12 people, including four Somali soldiers, in Mogadishu. Local officials said that the Emiratis were unharmed.
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Al-Shabab blasts Mogadishu city again; attack frequency increases

27 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

A suicide car bomb has exploded in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing at least 12 people and wounding eight others near the security service headquarters.
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Al Qaeda-linked militants attack Somali presidential compound

21 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

(Reuters) – Al Qaeda-linked militants attacked the Somali presidential palace compound on Friday, blasting a hole in the perimeter wall with a car bomb and engaging in a fierce gun battle with African peacekeepers, police said.
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Somalia accused of abusive eviction of its people: Big neighbor example with overlooked breaches?

13 Sep

Editor’s Note:

    The magnitude of the problem and the dilemmas of the Mogadishu government are understandable. However, the difficult questions it has to answer are: What happens to the people, when the state repossess what it claims to be its properties? Where should these helpless people go? What alternatives does the state have for them?
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Somalia moves to Fatwa in its fight against al-Shabab

12 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

BBC: Somali Islamic scholars denounce al-Shabab in fatwa

Some 160 Somali religious scholars have issued a fatwa denouncing al-Shabab, saying the group had no place in Islam.
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New Somalia agreement an exercise at dismemberment – Martin Plaut

3 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

After nine days of late night meetings and plenty of arm-twisting, the fragile government of Somalia was finally forced to accept that a further slice of its territory had slipped beyond its control. The deal, signed in Addis Ababa, recognised Jubaland as yet another quasi-independent entity. This strip of land in southern Somalia and bordering on Kenya and Ethiopia, it is the illegitimate heir of both of these countries.
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Somali Islamists threaten more carnage after attack on U.N. base

20 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

by Abdi Sheikh

(Reuters) – Somalia’s Islamist al Shabaab rebel group threatened to keep attacking “disbelievers” without respite, a day after launching a deadly assault against the United Nations in the capital Mogadishu.

Security was tight on Thursday as Somali army pick-up trucks mounted with heavy machine guns blocked the main road linking the city center with the fortified airport and nearby U.N. base that was targeted. A water canon truck blasted away bloodstains on the street.
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