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Somalia: Lawmakers vote to extend President’s term by two years

– – Somalia’s Lower House of Parliament has voted to approve a bill to extend President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s term in office by two years. The controversial special election bill was overwhelmingly approved by 149 members. It needs to be approved by the upper chamber before becoming law. Mr Farmajo welcomed the passing of the bill in the lower chamber, adding that after two years the Somali people will finally be able to elect their own president. But opposition candidates and some of the regional state leaders have rejected the…

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At least 20 killed by suicide car bomb in Somalia

– – At least 20 people were killed and 30 wounded by a suicide car bomb just outside a restaurant near the port in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu late on Friday, an emergency services official said. The blast sent plumes of smoke into the sky and triggered gunfire, witnesses and state-owned media reported. “So far we have carried 20 dead people and 30 injured from the blast scene,” Dr. Abdulkadir Aden, founder of AAMIN Ambulance services told Reuters. The blast occurred at the Luul Yemeni restaurant near the port, witnesses said.…

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Militants attack hotel in Somalia killing nine people

– – Militants have attacked a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing nine people including a former military general, Mohamed Nur Galal. Security forces engaged the militants in gun battle before ending the assault early Monday. The militant group, Al-Shabab has said it was behind the attack at the Afrik Hotel. The militants first bombed the hotel with a car bomb. Police spokesperson, Sadik Ali is quoted as telling Reuters that “The operation is over now. Nine people including four attackers died and over 10 civilians were injured.” Somalia’s…

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Somalia cuts diplomatic ties with Kenya as it recalls diplomats

– – The Somali government in Eastern Africa has cut diplomatic ties with neighbouring Kenya. Somalia has subsequently recalled all its diplomats from Nairobi and given Kenyan diplomats in Mogadishu seven days to leave the country. In a televised address on state media Somalia’s Minister of Information Osman Abukar Dubbe said the decision has been taken to protect the country’s sovereignty. “The Somali government, based on its national sovereignty guaranteed by international law and order, and fulfilling its constitutional duty to safeguard the nationhood, unity and stability of the country, has…

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Somalia recalls ambassador to Kenya, expels Kenyan envoy

– – The Somalia government has recalled its ambassador to Kenya, Mohamud Ahmed Nur Tarzan over alleged political interference. Somalia has also asked the Kenyan ambassador to Somalia, Lucas Tumbo, to leave the country “for consultations”. In a statement, Somalia accused Kenya of pressuring Jubbaland federal state to reject an electoral agreement reached for elections scheduled for next month. “The government took this decision while preserving its national sovereignty after it appeared that Kenya was deliberately interfering in the affairs of Somalia, particularly Jubbaland,” Mohamed Ali Nur, permanent secretary of the…

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US imposes sanctions on al-Shabab over military base attack

– – The United States has imposed sanctions on two senior leaders of Islamist militant group al-Shabab responsible for an attack on a military base in Kenya. In January one US military service member and two contractors were killed when the militants attacked Camp Simba on Manda Island. The attack was the first attack launched by al-Shabab on US forces in Kenya. In a statement the US State Department said it had designated Abdullahi Osman Mohamed and Maalim Ayman as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. “The Department of State has designated Abdullahi Osman Mohamed and…

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US reopens embassy in Somalia after almost 30 years

The United States of America has reopened its embassy in Somalia after nearly 30 years when it was closed. U.S embassy in Somalia was closed following the breakout of a civil war in the east African country. Most parts of Somalia is still characterized by violence and militant attacks since then. The violence and conflict, sparked by the removal of long-time leader Siad Barre from office in 1991 have yet to be fully brought to an end. But the US embassy on Wednesday said in a statement that the embassy…

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Somalia: Amnesty accuses U.S. army of killing civilians

Amnesty International has accused the United States of killing three civilians in an air strike in Somalia. The international rights group said the U.S. failed to investigate claims that those killed were farmers with no ties to Al-Shabaab. Amnesty said on Tuesday that its investigations revealed that the farmers were killed in the March 18 strike in southern Somalia. It said the civilians killed were innocent, but the US Africa Command (Africom) claims they were jihadists. According to Amnesty many civilians have been killed in series of US air raids…

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Somalia: US training base hit in jihadist attack

Jihadists in Somalia on Monday carried out an attack on a U.S. army base used by it’s special forces to train Somali commandos. The militants also in a separate incident attacked an Italian military convoy as well in the capital Mogadishu. Officials say no casualties were reported in both attacks. The Baledogle base was serving as a training base for Somali forces and housed Ugandan peacekeepers. “Two suicide car bombs … tried to attack Baledogle airport but they detonated outside the airport gate,” police Major Abdullahi Nur told Reuters. Somali…

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Somalia: Car bomb explosion kills several at checkpoint

A car bomb explosion at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the Somali capital, Mogadishu has killed several people. According to media reports a shootout took place between security forces and three attackers, who got out of a vehicle laden with explosives. There are reports of the attackers dying with at least two civilians also reported to have been killed. Police are yet to speak on the incident but local media reported that the attackers were targeting a tax office. The militant al-Shabab group is known to often carry out…

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