Somalia

Six al-Shabab militants killed by Somali troops

MOGADISHU, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Somali security forces on Tuesday killed six al-Shabab militants after a fierce gun battle in Diff town in the Lower Juba region, an official said on Tuesday. Ahmed Salad Ahmed, the governor of Diff told reporters that al-Shabab fighters launched an attack on a...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 7:58am

Somalia clears arrears to World Bank

MOGADISHU, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Somalia has cleared its arrears to the International Development Association (IDA), a member of the World Bank Group, completing the process of normalizing its financial relationship with the World Bank Group. The lender said Somalia has thus fully re-established...

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 10:11am

Somalia calls for lifting of UN arms embargo

MOGADISHU, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- Somali president Mohamed Farmajo has called for the lifting of UN arms embargo that was imposed on the Horn of Africa nation. Farmajo said the arms embargo may have been necessary for the past when Somalia was in turmoil but are not applicable to the current...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 8:28am

Rwanda, Somalia open air space

Rwanda and Somalia have inked a Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) that will see the two countries open skies for both republics to ease air transport.  The agreement was signed Friday morning between the Minister for Infrastructure, Claver Gatete and the Federal Republic of Somalia...

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 7:32pm

Rush-hour vehicle bomb kills dozens in Mogadishu

At least 76 people have been killed by a vehicle bomb detonated during morning rush hour in Somalia's capital. The blast took place at a checkpoint at a busy intersection in Mogadishu. More than 90 people were also injured. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bomb but al-...

Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 7:54am

Somalis fight locust invasion by eating them

Somalia is facing its worst invasion of locusts in 25 years, but some people are turning the desert insects into delicious meals. Local media reports show residents of Adado town, in central Somalia, frying the locusts and eating them with rice and pasta. One man said they are tastier than fish...

Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 9:05am

Al-Shabab gunmen attack Mogadishu hotel

Al-Shabab gunmen have attacked a hotel near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital, according to police and the armed group. Fighting was still continuing following Tuesday's attack on SYL hotel in Mogadishu.  "We thought they were police but they started...

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 10:29am

Somali forces kill 15 al-Shabab militants after hotel attack

MOGADISHU, July 14 (Xinhua) -- At least 15 al-Shabab militants were killed on Saturday in a military operation in Somalia's southern regions barely a day after the terrorist group claimed more than 20 lives in a deadly attack. Somali National Army (SNA) forces senior commander said Sunday the...

Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 6:08pm

Somali police seize cache of weapons outside Mogadishu

Somali security forces seized a cache of weapons, including suicide belts, remote detonators, and explosive materials, belonging to al-Shabab militants outside Mogadishu, officials have said. Zakia Hussein Ahmed, the deputy police commander, said the explosive materials, which also included...

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 9:30am

Somali women leaders urge Parliament to pass electoral bill

Somali women leaders have called on lawmakers to approve a pending electoral reform bill that would enshrine the principle of a 30 percent gender quota in future national legislatures. Speaking at a roundtable forum which brought together more than 30 women representing  parliament, civil...

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 8:19am

Somali Deputy Attorney General shot dead in Mogadishu

Somali Deputy Attorney General was shot dead by two armed men while driving a car in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, officials said late Wednesday. Hassan Gelle, a police officer told reporters that two armed men with pistols shot Mohamed Mursal, a deputy attorney general in Sigale village in...

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 2:05pm

AU military chiefs meet on exit strategy in Somalia

African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) military commanders began a four-day meeting in Mogadishu on Monday to develop a comprehensive plan that will guide their exit strategy. AMISOM deputy head Simon Mulongo said the plan will identify activities and operations to be implemented under the new...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 9:29am

30 al-Shabab militants killed in joint operation in southern Somalia

Somali National Armed Forces killed 30 al-Shabab militants in a joint operation in Jamame in Somalia's southern region of Lower Jubba, officials said on Saturday evening. Said Jogsade, Jubaland's operational spokesman told journalists that Somali National Armed Forces backed by Jubba land...

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 2:54pm

U.S. army intensifies airstrikes in Somalia

The U.S. military said it intensified airstrikes in Somalia in the past two days as part of the efforts to weaken the al-Shabab's grip on the Horn of Africa nation. The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), which oversees American troops on the African continent, said in a statement issued Tuesday...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:55am

Somali e-commerce takes off, despite few internet users

Despite low numbers of internet users and sluggish speeds, e-commerce businesses are popping up in Somalia, hoping to tap in as measures to increase access in the Horn of Africa country come online. University worker Safiya Ahmed In her office in Mogadishu buys a blender with just a few clicks of...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:52am

Three killed, 7 others injured in suicide bombing in Mogadishu

Three people were killed and seven others injured in a suicide bombing in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Sunday evening, the police said. The suicide bomber, who hurled explosives from inside a vehicle near the Bar Itaia Restaurant along Mogadishu's Makkah Al Mukaramah Road, also died....

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 9:27am

Suicide bomb attack kills three Somali soldiers outside Mogadishu

At least three Somali soldiers were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afgoye district, a town 30 km to the north west of the capital Mogadishu, police and militants said. The attack was claimed by Islamist militants al Shabaab. Somali soldiers were deployed in Afgoye this week in efforts to...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 2:08am

UN Security Council renews mandate of AU mission in Somalia

The UN Security Council on Monday adopted a resolution to re-authorize the deployment of the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia till May 31, 2019. Resolution 2431, which won unanimous approval of the 15 members of the Security Council, also decides to reduce the level of uniformed...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:20am

UN warns against premature withdrawal of African Union Mission in Somalia

The United Nations Security Council on Monday warned against a "premature withdrawal" of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Noting that Somali forces "are not yet ready to fully take responsibility for the country's security," Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan's...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 8:51am

Al-Shabab commander surrenders after 8 years of insurgency

A senior al-Shabab commander surrendered to Somali government forces on Monday after eight years of insurgency, an army official said. The Somali National Army (SNA) said Ali Abdullahi, al-Shabab commander in charge of Hajji Muse area in Lower Juba region surrendered to the government forces...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 11:29am