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Somalia: Al-Shabab fighters kill 18 civilians in overnight attacks

– – At least 18 civilians have been killed by Al-Shabab fighters in an overnight attack in Somalia’s central region. The armed group launched the attack in the Hiran area in the semi-autonomous state of Hirshabelle in central Somalia. They also destroyed trucks supplying food aid from Baladweyne city to Mahas town. State news agency Sonna reported that al-Shabab fighters… Read More
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Militants attack Somali hotel killing at least 12 people

“The security forces continued to neutralise terrorists who have been cordoned inside a room in the hotel building. Most of the people were rescued, but at least eight civilians were confirmed dead so far,” Mohamed Abdikadir, an official said. A newly married couple were wounded by mortar attack.A mom and her kids were killed.During the terror attack at Hayat Hotel,… Read More
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Somalia surpasses 10% COVID-19 Vaccination Milestone

– – Somalia has now reached the 10 percent (two doses) COVID-19 vaccination milestone, which means that the country is no longer in band of countries with least vaccination rates. The milestone is a result of continued and resilient efforts by the government and stakeholders to sustain commitment to COVID-19 vaccination amidst prevailing social economic turbulence. Somalia started COVID-19 vaccination… Read More
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Al-Shabab claims responsibility for Somali blast

– – Militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s explosion outside a school in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. The explosion killed at least eight people, including school children as emergency workers continue search for more victims. 17 others are reported to have been wounded, according to police spokesman Abdifatah Adam Hassan. “We counted eight dead people and 17 others including… Read More
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Al-shabab Islamist militants hail Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan

– – Somali-based media outlets affiliated to the Islamist militant group al-Shabab have hailed the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan. The outlets cheered the collapse of Western-backed government in Afghanistan and the Taliban’s seizure of the country. Pro-Shabab websites Calamada and Somali Memo said in their headlines “God is great: the city of Kabul falls to the forces of the Islamic Emirate.”… Read More
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UN says over 2.73m people face food crisis in Somalia

Drought and a rain deficit is pushing more than 2.73 million people in Somalia toward the crisis level of acute food insecurity, UN humanitarians said on Thursday. The annual Gu rains of early spring came late in some parts of the country and were mainly below average, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) said. Subsiding in… Read More
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Ex-Ghanaian President withdraws as special AU envoy to Somalia

– – Former Ghanaian President John Mahama has withdrawn his acceptance as a special African Union (AU) envoy to mediate talks over the political crisis in Somalia. In a statement, Mr. Mahama attributed his decision to the lack of support by the Somali federal government. He said the proposed assignment required that he “enjoy the unalloyed support and co-operation of… Read More
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Ghana’s ex-president Mahama named AU Special Envoy to Somalia

– – The African Union (AU) has named Ghana’s former president, John Mahama as its High Representative to Somalia. The former Ghanaian leader has been tasked by the AU to try and resolve the dire political crisis in Somalia. Somalia has witnessed heightened tension in recent weeks after the incumbent president decided to approve an extension to his tenure in… Read More
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Somalia: Fighting erupts after president extends his tenure

– – Fighting broke out on Sunday in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu following the decision by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to extend his stay in power. Soldiers loyal to his government and those opposed to him clashed with residents in the capital saying they heard gunfire across the city. The spark of violence signals the dire political crisis Somalia which could… Read More
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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,… Read More