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17 Jan 2019 description
report Voice of America

Fatiha Belfakir

WASHINGTON - The deadly al-Shabab attack that rocked a luxury hotel in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi Tuesday, killing 14 civilians, including one American, is seen by many experts as a signal of resilience by the Islamist militant group that has been battling U.S.-backed forces in East Africa for years.

23 Dec 2018 description
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Last Updated: December 23, 2018 1:57 PM
Abdulaziz Osman

MOGADISHU — Authorities in Somalia say the death toll from Saturday's double explosions near the presidential palace in Mogadishu has climbed to 30.

Mukhtar Dhaga-cadde, the director of public relations of the Benadir regional administration, said another 54 people were wounded.

26 Nov 2018 description
report Voice of America

WASHINGTON - Al-Shabab militants have attacked the compound of a controversial cleric in the central Somalia town of Galkayo, killing him and at least 14 other people, officials and witnesses said.

Residents in the town said they woke up Monday to huge explosions followed by heavy, sustained gunfire at the compound in the southern half of the town.

Witnesses said at around 6:00 a.m. local time a suicide car bomb rammed into the gate followed by suicide infantry who stormed the compound.

11 Nov 2018 description
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November 11, 2018 0:33 AM
Mohamed Olad Hassan

The death toll from Friday's car bomb blasts in Somalia's capital has climbed to 52, according to admission records from five hospitals.

Somali security officials who responded to the attack say four militants entered the Sahafi Hotel and went to the roof, firing on people down below. They said the security forces eventually killed the assailants and rescued dozens of people from hotel rooms.

The militant group al-Shabab, which has waged an insurgency for more than 10 years claimed responsibility.

09 Nov 2018 description
report Voice of America

Last Updated: November 09, 2018 12:42 PM
Mohamed Olad Hassan

Three car bomb explosions and gunfire rocked the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least 23 people in addition to four gunmen, witnesses and health officials said.

The blasts, which occurred within minutes of each other, targeted the Sahafi Hotel and its surroundings. The hotel is near the headquarters of the Somali Police Force's Criminal Investigations Department (CID). The head of a local ambulance service tells VOA his company transported 45 wounded people to the hospital.

15 Oct 2018 description
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Last Updated: October 14, 2018 12:37 PM Harun Maruf

Hundreds of mourners and government officials in Somalia gathered Sunday at K-5 junction, where a year ago a truck bomb killed 587 people in the country’s deadliest terrorist attack.

The Somali government has officially renamed the junction as “October 14 Junction” in respect of the victims of the attack.

Mogadishu Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman “Yarisow” said the gathering Sunday showed how Somali people have rejected terrorism.

13 Oct 2018 description
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Mohamed Olad Hassan

Two blasts in the Somali town of Baidoa on Saturday killed at least 15 people and injured more than 30 others.

The South West State information minister, Ugas Hassan Abdi, said, "The attacks were carried out by two suicide bombers wearing explosive belts." He said officials were still assessing the casualty figures.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which controlled Baidoa between 2009 and 2012 before being driven out by Ethiopian-backed government forces, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

10 Sep 2018 description
report Voice of America

Officials in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, say a car bomb has hit a district headquarters, killing at least six people and injuring 16.

The blast targeted the headquarters of Hodan district in Mogadishu. Witnesses said the explosion Monday caused massive destruction to the building.

"The blast was huge," police officer Ibrahim Mohamed, told the French news agency, AFP.

The al-Shabab militant group claimed responsibility via their affiliate social media accounts.

02 Sep 2018 description
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Harun Maruf

Witnesses in the Somali capital say a car bomb exploded near a compound in Mogadishu’s Hawlwadag district Sunday.

Dr. Abdulkadir Abdirahman Aden of Mogadishu ambulance services told VOA it recorded one fatality, with 14 wounded people including six children following the suicide car bombing. Somali government sources say at least three people were killed.

The compound was used as the headquarters of the district, located in the center of the city.

01 Aug 2018 description
report Voice of America

Mohamed Olad Hassan

Financial troubles, staffing shortages and high demand threaten to halt the only free private ambulance service in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

"We have been providing this voluntary service for 12 years with the help of friends and other generous individuals in private business, but now the responsibility is greater than our power," said Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adam, a dentist who founded Aamin Ambulance. He cited a staffing shortage and an inability to cover costs.

14 Jul 2018 description
report Voice of America

At least six people have been killed — including five of the attackers — in two assaults Saturday near the presidential palace in Mogadishu, witnesses said.

According to those on the scene, a speeding car exploded at a security check point near Peace Garden, a public park, followed by heavy gunfire between gunmen and security forces.

Reports say the security forces engaged with the gunmen and repulsed the attack on their check point.

The initial reports say six people, including a government soldier and five attackers, were killed in the attack.

05 Jul 2018 description
report Voice of America

At least 15 people were killed in central Somalia when villagers clashed with Al-Shabab militants trying to recruit their children as fighters.

According to local sources, 10 militants and five villagers died in the fighting in Aad village, in the central Galmudug administration.

A villager who requested anonymity told VOA's Somali Service that the militants met with local elders two days ago and sought help with the recruitment. "The fighting came after they demanded that we provide young children to fight alongside them," he said.

01 Jul 2018 description
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Harun Maruf

At least five civilians were killed and more than 10 others wounded after al-Shabab militants fired mortars in a residential areas of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

Security Ministry Spokesman Abdulaziz Ali Ibrahim confirmed to VOA Somali the casualties were the results of a mortar attack.

Security experts in Mogadishu told VOA Somali three 60mm mortars landed near mid-day in a civilian neighborhood in Wadajir district near the headquarters of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) at Mogadishu airport.

24 May 2018 description
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May 24, 2018 12:13 PM
Rael Ombuor

NAIROBI — Heavy rains have left hundreds of people dead and hundreds of thousands more displaced across various parts of East Africa. Kenya, Somalia and Rwanda are the worst hit. The flooding comes as the region tries to recover from a severe drought in 2017 that threatened millions of people.

16 May 2018 description
report Voice of America

Heavy fighting broke out early Tuesday in a disputed part of Somalia's Sool region, leaving at least four people dead, a security official told VOA.

The fighting between Somaliland and Puntland erupted outside the village of Tukaraq. It lies between the main towns of Las Anod in Somaliland – a breakaway Somali state and self-declared republic – and Garowe in Puntland.

The office of Puntland's president, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, issued a statement accusing Somaliland of launching an "unprovoked" attack on its territory.

12 May 2018 description
report Voice of America

Mohamed Olad Hassan

WASHINGTON — Clashes between Somali army troops backing local villagers and al-Shabab militants have left at least 13 of the militant fighters dead, witnesses and officials said.

The clashes in central Somalia Saturday started after armed al-Shabab militants tried to impose taxes on residents of Halfoley, a rural village near the town of Jalalaqsi, in the Hiran region.

10 May 2018 description
report Voice of America

A blast in a market north of Mogadishu has killed at least 10 people, Somali officials say.

The explosion in Wanlaweyn, in the country's Lower Shabelle region, left more than 10 others wounded. Most of the victims are civilians.

It is unclear whether a terrorist planted a bomb or a suicide bomber was behind the blast.

No one has claimed responsibility, but officials suspect the al-Qaida-linked terror group al-Shabab, which, despite military setbacks, is still active in large parts of Somalia.

13 Apr 2018 description
report Voice of America

A bomb exploded during a local soccer (football) game in southern Somalia's restive Lower-Shabelle province on Thursday, killing at least four people, security officials said.

"An improvised explosive device went off during the semifinal of a local soccer team's cup" in Barawe town, Bashir Mohamed Yusuf, the town's deputy commissioner for security, told VOA.

Yusuf and hospital sources said at least 13 people were also wounded in Barawe, which is about 220 kilometers southwest of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

03 Apr 2018 description
report Voice of America

The U.S. military says an airstrike in central Somalia has killed five al-Shabab militants and destroyed a vehicle.

A statement from the U.S. Africa Command on Monday says the strike happened near the town of el-Bur in the Galmudug region. Local residents pinpointed the attack to the village of Da.

Al-Shabab said civilians were killed in the attack, including a poet, Yusuf Dhegey. Government officials said Dhegey used his poems to incite violence and help al-Shabab recruit.

25 Mar 2018 description
report Voice of America

Two car bombs in the Somali capital killed six people and injured at least five others on Sunday, witnesses said.

One of the car bombs exploded at a key checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing four people and injuring at least four others, according to medical sources.

Witnesses said the car, driven by a suicide bomber, rammed into the checkpoint at high speed after a soldier flagged it to stop. The soldier was killed immediately, according to witnesses.

Three civilian bystanders were also killed, as well as the bomber.