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Suicide car bomb kills at least six in Somali capital

The attack has been claimed by the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab

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September 10, 2018


Suicide car bomb in Somalia injures seven soldiers

A suicide car bomb explosion at a military base in Somalia injured seven soldiers late Saturday, a military official said, and Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. Al Shabaab fights to topple Somalia’s western-backed central government and impose its a rule based on its own strict interpretation of Islam’s Sharia law. Major…

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June 10, 2018


Bomb kills up to five during football match in Somalia

MOGADISHU: A bomb killed up to five spectators at a football match in southern Somalia, police and a lawmaker said on Friday, the first time an explosion has targeted a stadium. The blast went off in the port town of Barawe, in the Lower Shabelle region, when residents were watching a football match on Thursday…

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April 13, 2018


Death toll rises to 38 in Mogadishu bombings

MOGADISHU: Two car bombings killed 38 people in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, the city’s main ambulance service told AFP on Saturday. “We have seen at least 38 people dead,” said Abdukadir Abdurahman Aden of the Aamin Ambulance of the bombings that targeted the presidential palace and a hotel. The first blast, followed by…

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February 24, 2018


US drones ‘wiping out’ Shabaab in Somalia: AU mission head

Addis Ababa:Drone strikes by the United States military are “wiping out” Shabaab militants in Somalia, the head of the African Union mission in the country told AFP in an interview Friday. The US has stepped up its operations in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, targeting the Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab, which has fought for the…

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January 27, 2018


This Muslim woman became the first hijab-wearing contestant in Miss Maine pageant

“I want to inspire other girls to feel beautiful, confident and follow their dreams no matter where they’re from,” said Hamdia Ahmed. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM NEWS DESK: An aspiring model has become the first Miss Maine pageant contestant to wear a hijab on stage, reported The Independent. Hamdia Ahmed was born in Somalia and raised in…

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December 22, 2017


Trump’s travel ban partially allowed to go into effect

WASHINGTON: A U.S. appeals court in California on Monday let President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban go partially into effect, ruling the government can bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries with no connections to the United States, reported Reuters. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals partially…

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November 14, 2017


US strikes IS in Somalia for first time

WASHINGTON: The US conducted a pair of drone strikes against Islamic State fighters in Somalia on Friday, the first time America has hit the jihadists in the Horn of Africa nation, officials said. The strikes occurred in northeastern Somalia and killed “several terrorists,” the US military’s Africa Command said in a statement. According to Voice…

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November 4, 2017


Terrorist attack on hotel in Somali capital kills 25: police

MOGADISHU: An Islamist attack on a hotel in the Somali capital ended on Sunday after 25 people had been killed in a near 12-hour siege, police said, underlining the insurgents’ ability to carry out deadly attacks in the heart of the city, reported Reuters. “The death toll rises to 25 people including police, hotel guards…

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October 29, 2017


Plane carrying wounded Somalis lands in Turkey

Ankara: People wounded in the weekend’s massive bombing in Somalia — the deadliest ever attack to hit the conflict-torn nation — were flown to Turkey on Monday for treatment, an AFP photographer said. The Turkish military plane carrying 35 wounded Somalis landed at an Ankara airport, where ambulances were at the ready to rush the…

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October 17, 2017


Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack

NEWS DESK: At least 500 people are believed to have been killed or seriously injured in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, in one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years, reported The Guardian. The death toll from Saturday’s attack, which involved a truck packed with several hundred kilograms of military-grade…

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October 16, 2017


Death toll from bomb attacks in Somalia’s capital rises to 85

MOGADISHU: The death toll from two bomb attacks that tore through busy junctions in the heart of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu has risen to 85, making it one of the deadliest attacks in the country since Islamist militants launched an insurgency in 2007, reported Reuters. Police said a truck bomb exploded on Saturday outside a hotel…

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October 15, 2017


Car bombs kill at least 22 in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu: police

MOGADISHU: Two car bombs in separate parts of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu killed at least 22 people on Saturday and injured several others, police said, reported Reuters. The first explosion – in the city’s K5 Junction area which is lined with government offices, hotels, and restaurants – destroyed several buildings and set dozens of vehicles on…

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October 15, 2017


At least 20 soldiers killed in Somalia jihadist attack

Shabaab jihadists attacked an army base in the southern Somali town of Barire on Friday, killing at least 20 soldiers and looting equipment, local sources said. The assault on the Somali National Army military camp in Barire, around 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the capital Mogadishu, began with two suicide attackers detonating their car…

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September 30, 2017


North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among 8 countries on new US travel ban

NEWS DESK: President Donald Trump issued a new open-ended travel ban on Sunday that saw North Korea, Venezuela and Chad among a list of eight countries cited for poor security and lack of cooperation with US authorities, reported AFP. The new restrictions replace an expiring 90-day measure that had locked Trump in political and legal…

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September 26, 2017


More countries could be listed for harsh US travel restrictions

WASHINGTON: More countries could be hit with tough travel restrictions to the United States after the ban on people from six mainly Muslim countries expires from Sunday, Trump administration officials hinted Friday. White House and Homeland Security officials said that after a 50-day review, they had identified a number of countries that could not or…

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September 23, 2017


Trump’s travel ban to expire on Sunday

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s contentious travel ban expires Sunday with little clarity over whether America’s door will reopen for travelers from six majority-Muslim countries. Based on the policy, US embassies or representatives in Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen should resume granting visas to their nationals planning to visit the United States for work,…

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September 22, 2017


This video depicting plight of thirsty Somali children will leave you in tears

NEWS DESK: Over 2.4 million children in Somalia desperately need clean drinking water. Their lives depend on it. As part of World Water Week observance, UNICEF made this video depicting the plight of thirsty Somali children who do not have access to clean drinking water. Water is a right, not a privilege. Watch this video:

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September 3, 2017


Grandparents from travel ban states now welcome: US cable

WASHINGTON: Grandparents of US citizens from six Muslim-majority countries are now eligible to receive US visas, according to a State Department memo seen by Reuters that reflects the latest court ruling on US President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The memo, or cable, from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sent to all US diplomatic…

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July 18, 2017


Mother’s emotional reaction to daughter’s graduation charms social media

LONDON: A video of a British Somali mother tearfully embracing her daughter at the latter’s university graduation has prompted an emotional reaction online, after the student revealed how much the moment meant to the family. “Mama you ran from a civil war so I could be safe & get the education you didn’t. Today you…

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July 16, 2017


US travel ban goes into effect

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has ordered all ports of entry to start implementing a ban on visitors from six Muslim countries after the US Supreme Court unanimously endorsed Trump administration’s controversial decision. The implementation began on Wednesday evening, 72 hours after the verdict. The ban applies to Muslim citizens from Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya,…

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June 29, 2017