Somalia

Truck bomb kills 35 in Somali capital

A suicide truck bomb on Sunday exploded at a market in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing at least 35 people, authorities said.

Al-Shabaab kills intelligence officer's bodyguard in Mogadishu

The radical Islamist group al-Shabaab on Saturday killed an intelligence officer's bodyguard in a drive-by shooting in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said.

Mortars kill two children on Somali president's first day in office

A mortar attack on Thursday killed two children in the Somali capital Mogadishu, shortly after Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed took over as the country’s new president.

UAE to create military base in autonomous Somali region

Somaliland, a self-declared republic, has agreed to host a military base of the United Arab Emirates in the port city of Berbera, a member of the autonomous Somali region’s parliament said Monday.

Red Cross: Over 11 million face hunger in drought-hit East Africa

 A worsening drought hitting Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya has left more than 11 million people facing severe hunger, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Friday.

Kenyan court blocks government decision to close huge refugee camp

Kenya's High Court on Thursday ruled that the government's plan to close the world's largest refugee camp was unconstitutional, according to court documents seen by dpa.

Somali parliament elects president at airport

Somalia's newly elected parliament started voting Wednesday to elect the country's next president at Mogadishu airport, regarded as the safest place in the capital which has been targeted by the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab.

Six killed in attack on Somali hotel on election day

Six people were killed Wednesday when suspected al-Shabaab militants stormed a hotel in the northern Somali port city of Bosaso, just as the Horn of Africa country's parliament was preparing to elect its next president, regional officials said.

Mortar attacks in Mogadishu as Somalia prepares for presidential vote

At least five civilians were reported wounded Tuesday following al-Shabaab attacks in Mogadishu a day before a planned presidential election, police and witnesses told dpa.

At least 32 die in Somalia after drinking from well

At least 32 people have died in Somalia after drinking water from a well that was believed to have been poisoned, officials said Monday.

Kenyan army claims it killed 70 suspected terrorists in Somalia

The Kenyan army said Saturday that 70 militants had been killed in Somalia the previous day during a terrorist attack targeting its soldiers in the country.

Al-Shabaab claims to have killed 57 Kenyan soldiers in Somalia

The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab said Friday it had killed 57 Kenyan peacekeepers and taken their base in southern Somalia.

Six attackers dead in attempt to 'take over' Mogadishu hotel

At least 18 people were killed when two vehicles loaded with explosives exploded near the entrance of a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, security officials and police said.

At least 11 killed as al-Shabaab tries to seize town in Somalia

At least 11 people died Monday when heavily armed insurgents of the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab tried to seize a town in south-eastern Somalia, police and witnesses said.

Burundi to withdraw AU troops from Somalia over salaries unpaid by EU

Burundi will withdraw its 5,400 troops serving as part of an African Union contingent in Somalia because the European Union has stopped paying their salaries, according to inter-governmental correspondence seen by dpa on Monday.

Somali refugee dead in Italy blaze

A Somali national died and two more suffered from smoke inhalation when a blaze broke in the Florence-area town of Sesto Fiorentino, Italian media reported Thursday.

Somalia's new parliament holds first session after weeks of voting

Somalia's new parliament Wednesday held its first session after weeks-long elections, re-electing veteran legal expert Mohamed Osman Jawari as its speaker in a session broadcast live on Somali National Television.

Blasts kill at least seven people in Mogadishu

At least seven people, among them four Somali government soldiers, were killed and several others were wounded in double blasts at a restaurant in Mogadishu on Saturday evening, police and witnesses told dpa.

Four Somali security guards injured in blast near UN compound

At least four Somali security guards working for the United Nations were injured Wednesday when a UN vehicle exploded inside a garage in the capital Mogadishu, officials said.

Twin car bombing targeting Mogadishu hotel kills at least 14 people

At least 14 people were killed on Monday in a twin suicide car bombing targeting a hotel popular among Westerners in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses said.

Grenade attack on minibus reportedly kills six in Somalia

A rocket-propelled grenade was launched on a civilian minibus in southern Somalia, killing six people, a family member of one of the victims and other locals said Sunday.

Eleven killed in two bombings in Mogadishu

At least five people died Thursday when a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, police and witnesses said.

Death toll rises in suicide bombing in Somalia

An al-Shabaab suicide car bomber struck a police complex in Mogadishu on Sunday, killing at least 30 people and wounding nearly 48 others, police told dpa.

One dead, 4 injured in suicide bomb attack ahead of Somali elections

A Somali soldier was killed and four other people injured in a suicide bomb attack at a security checkpoint near the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday.

Thirty killed as villagers stand up to al-Shabaab in Somalia

About 30 people were killed Monday as Somali villagers attacked al-Shabaab militants who tried to impose taxes on them, officials and residents said.

Death toll in car bomb attack in Somalia rises to 20

A car bomb attack killed at least 20 people and injured up to 30 others when it exploded in a busy market in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, officials and witnesses said.

Kenya delays closure of world's largest refugee camp

Kenya will delay the closure of the world’s largest refugee camp by six months, the government announced Wednesday after human rights activists criticized plans to shut the camp this month.

18 dead in renewed clashes with Islamist militants in Somalia

At least six Somali soldiers and 12 Islamist militants were killed on Tuesday and several others wounded in clashes with the militant group al-Shabaab, local officials said.

African Union seeks 4,000 more troops to fight al-Shabaab in Somalia

The African Union mission in Somalia wants to increase its troop strength by 4,000 to 26,000, an Ethiopian state-affiliated radio station reported Monday.

24 killed, 80 injured in militia clashes in Somalia

At least 24 people were killed when two militia groups clashed in the Somali semi-autonomous regions of Puntland and Galmudug, hospital sources and residents said Sunday.

Somalia elects parliament in polls decided by electoral colleges

Somalia was Saturday electing a parliament in a poll which did not give every adult a vote.

Ten killed in fighting between regional neighbours in Somalia

At least 10 people have been killed in fighting between forces in the Somali semi-autonomous regions of Puntland and Galmudug, medical sources and witnesses said Sunday.

Somalia releases Al Jazeera reporters arrested for "one-sided story"

Al Jazeera journalists arrested in Somalia on suspicion of researching for a "one-sided story" in support of radical Islamists were released on Thursday after two days under arrest, the National Union of Somali Journalists said.

Nineteen killed in fighting between army and al-Shabaab in Somalia

At least 19 people were killed Tuesday in fierce fighting between Somali and African Union forces and al-Shabaab militants, officials and witnesses said.

Al-Shabaab militants kill six in north-eastern Kenya

Kenyan security personnel are in hot pursuit of al-Shabaab militants who killed six people in Kenya's north-east early Thursday, government spokesman Eric Kiraithe said.

Car bomb kills three people outside Mogadishu restaurant

A car bomb blew up outside a restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing three people and wounding seven others, a senior police officer told dpa on Saturday.

Somalia requests explanation from US about airstrike

Somalia on Thursday requested an explanation from the United States on an airstrike which it said had killed 22 people in the centre of the country.

Alleged US airstrike kills 22 in Somalia

Regional officials in Somalia said Wednesday that 22 members of local security forces died in a friendly-fire airstrike by US warplanes on a village in central Somalia.

Army recaptures village from Al-Shabaab in southern Somalia

Soldiers have recaptured a village controlled by Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab in southern Somalia, killing at least eight militants, local government officials and witnesses said Sunday.

Suicide car bomber kills commander, six soldiers in Somali capital

A senior Somali commander and six other soldiers died Sunday after a suicide car bomber rammed his car into their military convoy as it travelled through the capital, Mogadishu, a military source said.

Suicide car bomber kills 26 near Somali presidential palace

A suicide car bomber targeted a hotel near the Somali presidential palace, officials and witnesses said Tuesday.

Militants attack seaside restaurant in Mogadishu, killing at least 6

Islamist militants rammed an explosives-laden car into a beachside restaurant in Mogadishu before moving inside the building and opening fire, killing at least six people, officials and witnesses said on Thursday.

Sixteen killed in fighting between army and Islamists in Somalia

Sixteen people have been killed when Somali and African Union troops clashed with al-Shabaab Islamists in south-western Somalia, officials said Tuesday.

Twin suicide car bombings kill 18 in Somalia

Twin suicide car bombings killed at least 15 people, including the two attackers, in northern Somalia on Sunday, officials and witnesses said.

13 killed, 20 wounded in attack on police headquarters in Mogadishu

Al-Shabaab suicide bombers and gunmen targeted the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters in Mogadishu on Sunday, leaving 13 dead, a Somali minister confirmed.

Former politician one of bombers in Somalia double suicide attack

A former member of Somalia's parliament was one of two suicide bombers behind a recent attack on international troops near Mogadishu's international airport, Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab claimed Wednesday

At least 14 killed in al-Shabaab double bombing at Mogadishu airport

At least 14 people were killed Tuesday when Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab detonated two bombs on an approach road to Mogadishu's international airport, police said.

Two large explosions rock Mogadishu airport; at least three dead

Two large explosions were reported at the entrance to the international airport in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, according to police, with at least three people killed.

Policeman kills eight cops at Kenyan police station

A policeman shot dead eight fellow officers at a western Kenyan police station on Thursday after learning of his demotion, security forces said.

Six dead as al-Shabaab attacks hotel in Somali capital

At least six people were killed on Saturday in a bombing and shooting attack claimed by Islamist militant group al-Shabaab on a hotel in Somali capital Mogadishu, police said.

Suicide bombing, shooting at popular Mogadishu hotel

At least six people were killed on Saturday in a suspected suicide bombing by the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, police and eye-witnesses said.

US drone crashes in al-Shabaab territory in Somalia

An unmanned US drone crashed in a village controlled by Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab in southern Somalia, a military official said Sunday.

Heavy death toll as al-Shabaab and AU peacekeepers clash in Somalia

More than 300 people were killed when Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab attacked an African Union (AU) military base in central Somalia, government officials and militants said Thursday.

Somalian forces kill alleged mastermind of Kenyan university attack

Somalia's special forces killed 16 members of Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab, including the alleged mastermind behind a terrorist attack in neighbouring Kenya that left 148 dead, officials said on Wednesday.

US airstrike targets al-Shabaab commander

A US airstrike has targeted a senior commander of the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab in Somalia, the Defence Department says.

Six killed in presumed al-Shabaab attack against Somali police post

At least six people were killed Monday when people believed to be Islamist militants attacked a traffic police station in central Mogadishu, Somali police and officials said.

15 dead, 40 wounded after Mogadishu mosque collapse

At least 15 people were killed and 40 wounded after a mosque collapsed in Somalia's capital, Modgadishu, a police spokesman told dpa.

Mother and six children burned alive in Somalia

A mother and her six children were burned to death in southern Somalia on Tuesday, local officials said, adding that the incident was thought to be a related to clan hostilities.

Car bomb outside Mogadishu cafe kills four people

At least four people were killed in a car bomb blast outside of a cafe in Mogadishu on Saturday, police and witnesses said.

US kills top al-Shabaab commander in drone strike in Somalia

The US has killed a top commander of the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab in an airstrike, Somali military official Ali Baashi Mohamed said Saturday.

One year on, survivors of Kenya university attack still live in fear

One year after al-Shabaab Islamic militants stormed a Kenyan university campus in the movement's deadliest attack in the east African country, the surviving students are struggling to rebuild their lives.

Al-Shabaab claims suicide bombing that kills 10 in Somalia

A suicide bomber belonging to the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab killed at least 10 people on Thursday in central Somalia, officials and witnesses said.

Al-Shabaab commander allegedly killed in US strike "is alive"

A top al-Shabaab commander believed to have been killed in a US airstrike in Somalia six days ago is still alive, pro-insurgent media reported Friday, while a witness said he saw the man make a public appearance.

10 militants killed as al-Shabaab raided in southern Somalia

At least 10 militants were killed on Wednesday as al-Shabaab positions were raided in southern Somalia by unknown forces, regional officials said

Official: US drone strike killed between 150 and 200 insurgents

Between 150 and 200 Islamic insurgents, including top and mid-level commanders, were killed in the US drone strikes in Somalia at the weekend, the country's security minister said Tuesday.

Death toll rises to 21 in latest al-Shabaab attack in Somalia

At least 21 people are dead after an attack Sunday by the al-Shabaab terrorist group in the southern Somali city of Baidoa, police said.

Toll from al-Shabaab attacks in Mogadishu rises to 22

At least 22 people were killed in bombings and gunfire in a Mogadishu hotel and a public garden, the Somalia security minister said Saturday.

20 killed in attack on Mogadishu hotel, Somali official says

At least 20 people were killed Friday in an attack on the SYL Hotel in Mogadishu, a local government spokesman told dpa.

Al-Shabaab claims to seize armed US drone in Somalia

Islamist group al-Shabaab said Monday it had seized an armed US drone after it crashed in a mountainous region of southern Somalia.

Al-Shabaab takes key Somali town for second time in two days

Al-Shabaab Islamists have taken the key Somali port city of Merca for the second time in 48 hours, officials said Sunday.

Somali plane explosion may have been caused by bomb - officials

An explosion that ripped a hole in the side of a Somali passenger plane could have been caused by a bomb, officials said Friday.

Somali town poisons 400 stray dogs over disease fears

A Somali town has poisoned 400 stray dogs out of concern that they could spread diseases and kill livestock, officials said Monday.

Nearly 30 dead after insurgents attack Mogadishu hotel

Islamist attacks on a beach hotel and a restaurant in Somalia's capital Mogadishu have claimed 28 lives, police said Friday, marking a rise in the previously reported death toll of 20.

Eight killed in twin suicide attacks on Mogadishu hotel, restaurant

At least eight people were killed in two suicide bombings targeting a popular beach hotel and a restaurant Thursday in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses said.

Kenya vows revenge against al-Shabaab while bombing southern Somalia

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday vowed to defeat al-Shabaab, while the Kenyan air force bombed parts of southern Somalia in retaliation for an attack by the Islamist group which killed Kenyan peacekeepers last week.

Al-Shabaab claims 100 killed in ongoing attack on Kenyan troops

Islamist al-Shabaab insurgents claimed to have killed some 100 soldiers in an attack on Kenyan peacekeeping troops Sunday in south-western Somalia.

"Several" dead after insurgents attack military base in Somalia

Islamic insurgent group al-Shabaab stormed an army base in south-western Somalia early on Friday, killing "several" soldiers, a security official said.