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SOMALIA CAR BOMB KILLS AT LEAST 8 IN CAPITAL, POLICE SAY.

SOMALIA CAR BOMB KILLS AT LEAST 8 IN CAPITAL, POLICE SAY.

A car bomb exploded in Somalia’s capital, killing at least eight people and injuring 15, police said Wednesday, as the extremist group al-Shabab quickly claimed responsibility. The Somalia-based group has vowed to step up attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere after the federal government recently announced a new offensive against the group. Targets have included high-profile spots like military facilities, hotels ...

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A large explosion heard in the capital Mogadishu.

A large explosion heard in the capital Mogadishu.

A siucide car bomber hits a busy teashop near Mogadishu main port killing several people and injured more others, KNN reports on Wednesday. Al-Shabaab claimes responsibility of the attack via its radio Andalus. More soon.

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Militants Attack 14 villages in Southern Somalia.

Militants Attack 14 villages in Southern Somalia.

Al-Shabab militants have attacked some 14 villages in southern Somalia, in an apparent attempt to disrupt a planned government offensive. Most of the villages that came under attack Tuesday are located near the towns of K50 and Murri, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu. Witnesses said teams of 10 to 12 militants attacked the villages, setting ...

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IS kills five in first suicide attack in Somalia.

IS kills five in first suicide attack in Somalia.

The Islamic State group has claimed its first suicide attack in Somalia, which police said Wednesday killed five people at a checkpoint in the northeastern port city of Bosaso. The group’s self-styled news agency Amaq claimed the “martyrdom-seeking operation with an explosive vest” in a statement carried by the SITE Intelligence Group. The suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest at ...

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3 POLICE OFFICERS KILLED, 2 INJURED BY BOMB BLAST IN KENYA.

3 POLICE OFFICERS KILLED, 2 INJURED BY BOMB BLAST IN KENYA.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Three police officers were killed and two others injured when their vehicle ran over an improvised bomb near Kenya’s eastern border with Somalia, a Kenyan official said Wednesday. The police vehicle was moving from Kula Police Post toward the Liboi border town, North Eastern Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said. He said three other officers have been ...

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Somali suicide bomber kills 4 at Puntland checkpoint

Somali suicide bomber kills 4 at Puntland checkpoint

A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber has blown himself up at a military checkpoint in northern Somalia’s semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing at least four people. Col. Ahmed Hussein says the bomber approached soldiers at a checkpoint Tuesday and detonated explosives strapped to his waist in Bossaso, the region’s commercial hub. Hussein says two soldiers are among the ...

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Somalia consults on Draft Communications Law.

Somalia consults on Draft Communications Law.

Somalia’s Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) has begun a consultation on a new ‘Draft Communications Law’ which aims to establish the legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks for the country’s thriving telecoms sector. Somali Update reports that the ministry has discussed the proposed legislation with representatives from the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Working Group, comprising public and private sector stakeholders, ...

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FOOTBALL Coach killed, two players wounded in Somalia gunfire

FOOTBALL Coach killed, two players wounded in Somalia gunfire

Somali Football Family is in shock and sadness after a football coach was killed and two players were wounded in what seems to be accidental gunfire late on Monday afternoon while they were traveling on a busy road which witnessed heavy security operations through the day. Initial reports indicate that soldiers opened fire on the private car in which the ...

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Guns seized as new security campaign introduced in Mogadishu. Story in photos

Guns seized as new security campaign introduced in Mogadishu. Story in photos

Somalia’s government has launched a new stabilisation campaign that has netted some guns in Mogadishu, KNN reports on Monday. Gun markets have a long history in Mogadishu, a city once ruled by clan warlords. The newly introduced campaign by Somali government is said to be aimed at restoring peace and security in the capital city. Security forces raided homes and ...

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Refugees in their own land: The untold story of the internally displaced.

Refugees in their own land: The untold story of the internally displaced.

War and natural disasters caused millions of people to leave their homes and settle elsewhere in their country last year, says a report from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). The Guardian describes the internal displacement crisis as “war’s greatest scandal”. What is an “internally displaced person”? Put simply, it is a refugee in their own country. However, because they have ...

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