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June 11, 2011

Somali interior minister killed by bomb attack in own home

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Abdi Shakur Sheikh Hassan, the interior minister of Somalia, was killed in a bomb attack at his home in Mogadishu on Friday. The suicide bomber was a veiled woman said to be his teenage niece and a member of the militant al-Shabab, an Islamic group. According to the BBC, his niece was a frequent visitor and no security check was performed. She was killed instantly and the minister died on his way to treatment.

This is the third suicide attack in as many weeks in Somalia’s capital city.

Senior police chief Nur Farah said he believed that a second bomb may have been placed under Hassan’s bed. He said to Reuters that “[t]he minister was killed by a relative from inside his house, it was unfortunate and unexpected. A big bomb must have been put under the minister’s bed. The explosives on the suicide bomber could not destroy the concrete room that way.”

Ahmed Mohamed, the minister’s driver spoke about the attack, saying that “[s]uddenly, I heard a loud explosion. I saw the flesh of the suicide bomber in the balcony near the minister’s house. I went into his room and saw him lying injured.”

At the time of the attack Mogadishu, as well as other parts of Somalia, have been hit with two days of political protests. Citizens have been protesting against a deal to extend the mandates of the parliament and President.


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June 14, 2010

Deadly clashes in Somalia between police and government troops

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Heavy fighting in the Somali capital of Mogadishu between government troops and local police has killed at least thirteen people and injured another fourteen.

The clashes began yesterday in the Hamarjajab district when a dispute started between the police and army. Abdullahi Mo’alim Kerow, a police officer, described the incident to Reuters; “[t]he clashes came after some of the government troops started to rob a civilian car and the police were trying to stop it. We have collected bodies of nine government troops […] and three unidentified civilians.”

However, conflicting accounts claim it was police attempting to hijack trucks carrying food aid, and the army were intervening to prevent the theft.

According to Kerow, the injured were hospitalised, and the clash stopped shortly after. Ten of the wounded were civilians, and one later died, said Alie Muse Abdi, coordinator of ambulance services in the capital.



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May 1, 2010

Bomb blasts in Somalia kill at least 30

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Two bomb blasts at a Somali mosque have killed at least 30 people and injured upwards of 70 more, according to reports.

The explosions occurred in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, shortly before the beginning of noon prayers. Reports said the explosions had occurred at a mosque with ties to the Islamic insurgent group al-Shabaab, although no group had claimed responsibility for the attacks. The location is often used as a venue for speeches by the insurgents.

According to one witness of the attack, “[t]he blasts happened while people were sitting inside Abdala Shideye mosque, waiting for noon prayers. Most of those killed and wounded were worshippers” and another said “[t]he blasts went of within minutes of each other…I saw dead bodies lying on the floor [that] I could not count.”

A high-ranking member of al-Shabaab was reportedly inside the mosque when the explosions occurred. The official, Fuad Mohamed Qalaf, was, according to some witnesses, the target of the attack. Al-Shabaab has been fighting against UN forces, which are in control of only parts of the capital, and has been reported to have ties with al-Qaeda.



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April 18, 2010

Fourteen dead in two attacks in Somalia

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

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A land mine blast in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, has killed eight people, and mortars launched by rebels at the city airport killed six others, according to witnesses and doctors. The al-Shabaab group was said to be responsible for both the attacks by police officials, although they did not claim responsibility for it.

“All the mortar rounds missed the airport but landed in civilian areas,” Ali Muse, coordinator of ambulance services, told Reuters news agency. Five of the six people were killed in the Bakara market, four of them being women. The rebels opened fire soon after President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed and the parliament speaker arrived late on Saturday.

The earlier attack occurred near a police station in southern Mogadishu. Several government soldiers died in the attack. Ali Gab, a local police official, said five police officials died in the attack, and blamed al-Shabaab for it. Fadum Hassan, a nurse at a hospital where the injured was being treated, said twenty critically injured people had been admitted to the hospital.

“The explosion killed five soldiers and three [civilians]. Human flesh was everywhere and some of the injured victims were screaming for help,” eyewitness Yusuf Abdulqader told Reuters. Relatives of the victims of the attack have blamed the al-Shabaab for the blast. “They have massacred our people, they don’t care for our people, our flag and sovereignty,” cried Fadumo Abdi, whose son died in the attack.



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February 12, 2010

At least seventeen dead after clashes in Somalia

At least seventeen dead after clashes in Somalia

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Friday, February 12, 2010

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According to reports, at least seventeen people have been killed in Somalia after clashes between opposition rebels and government troops, although some reports put the number as high as 24. 61 others were wounded.

The violence started Wednesday in the capital, Mogadishu, when Islamist rebels started firing at the Villa Somalia, the presidential palace; guards from the African Union responded by firing mortars. According to Al Jazeera news agency, the rebels were stationed in the busy Bakara market.

“We admitted 61 wounded people from yesterday’s shelling. Three of them died inside the hospital during treatment,” commented a doctor at the Medina Hospital to the the German Press Agency DPA.

“The death toll may rise because we have not yet reached some of the districts where shells also landed,” said the coordinator of the Mogadishu ambulance service, Ali Muse, to the Reuters news agency.

Thousands of residents are said to have fled the capital this week, fearing more violence between the rebels and the transitional government; the former are in control of many parts of the capital.



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January 26, 2010

European Union offers to train Somali troops as fighting breaks out

European Union offers to train Somali troops as fighting breaks out

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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Heavy fighting has broken out in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. As troops clash with Islamic fighters the European Union has said it will train 2,000 more soldiers for the country.

One major battle erupted at a base used by Burundian troops. African peacekeepers as well as local soldiers working for the transitional government fought back, according to eyewitnesses. Heavy artillery was used this morning. Soldiers in Somaliland found explosives which later went off, killing at least three people.

Somaliland’s deputy governor, Mohamed Abdi Dimbil, said locals had discovered the bombs and handed them over to soldiers. They detonated while the soldiers still had them, causing the deaths as well as injuries.

EU foreign ministers in Brussels responded to the clashes. A joint statement read: “The EU should … continue to help stabilise Somalia by providing support to vital and priority areas such as the security sector, development, assistance to the population and capacity-building support. In this context, the Council agreed to set up a military mission to contribute to training of Somali security forces.”

Spain will lead the mission and France has pledged troops as well. Britain, Slovenia, Greece, and Hungary are expected to participate, according to Reuters.



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December 21, 2009

Mortar exchange kills thirteen in Somali capital

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Monday, December 21, 2009

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Somali officials have said that an exchange of mortar fire today has killed at least fourteen people in the capital, Mogadishu. At least 28 other people were wounded in the shelling between Islamist insurgents and pro-government forces.

The incident apparently started after the insurgents started firing mortars at soldiers, who responded by throwing shells.

“Fourteen civilians died and 28 others were wounded on Saturday night and Sunday morning in mortar shell exchanges in Mogadishu. Most of these people died this morning after an exchange of heavy shelling,” said the vice chairman of Mogadishu’s Elman Peace and Human Rights Organization, Ali Yasin Gedi, to the Reuters news agency.

Islamist rebels are in control of large parts of the capital and southern Somalia after a nearly three-year insurgency; they have said they plan to overthrow Somalia’s current government.

Somalia’s weak transitional government is under growing pressure to take tough measures against rebels, especially the al-Shabab group. Fighting in the Horn of Africa country has killed about 19,000 civilians and displaced another 1.5 million since the beginning of 2007.



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November 11, 2009

Two Kenyans kidnapped by gunmen in Somalia now released

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Two Kenyans who were seized by armed gunmen at a market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu were released today, according to reports.

The Kenyans, workers of the printing agency Hamar Adde, had been taken from the Bakara market, the biggest trading centre in the Somali capital, at gunpoint on Sunday. Eyewitnesses said that two Somalis in the company of the Kenyans were kidnapped as well, but later were soon released.

“They are safe […] We gave them a vacation,” said the manager of the Hamar Adde printing company, Abdukar Ali, where the kidnapped men are employed. He added that the two Kenyans have flown back to Nairobi.

Kidnappings, frequently targeting aid workers and foreigners, are commonplace in Somalia. The country has not had a stable government since 1991, when warlords ousted former leader Siad Barre in a coup.



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November 10, 2009

Two Kenyans kidnapped in Somalia by gunmen

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According to witness reports, two Kenyan businessmen were kidnapped in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Monday, and a ransom has been demanded for them.

The Kenyans, workers of the printing agency Hamar Adde, were taken from the Bakara market, the biggest trading centre in the Somali capital, at gunpoint. Eyewitnesses said that two Somalis in the company of the Kenyans were also taken, but later were released without a ransom.

Muktar Ise, a grocer at the complex, was a witness to the kidnapping. “The gunmen entered the printing shop and took the Kenyans with two Somali workers but they released the Somalis hours later. We don’t know the identity of the gunmen but they were heavily armed,” he said, as quoted by News24.

Relatives of the two freed Somalis confirmed the incident. The brother of one of the freed men commented that “they took the Kenyans to an undisclosed location and are asking for ransom.” The ransom amount, however, is not yet known.

“The two Kenyans have been in one of the most violent areas of Mogadishu because they were both Muslims. It is surprise to many people that fellow Muslims who resisted the high level of violence are to lose their liberties,” said media expert Hassan Mohamud from Mogadishu.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.



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October 22, 2009

Shelling in Somalia\’s capital kills twenty

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

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According to medical workers and witnesses, at least 20 people, including many civilians, have been killed in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu after one of the heaviest battles between Islamist militants and government forces in weeks.

Ali Muse, the head of Mogadishu’s ambulance services, said at least 58 other people were wounded. Other reports put the number of injured as high as 70.

Witnesses say the shelling began on Thursday at the city’s international airport, as President Sharif Shekh Ahmed was heading to Uganda for an African Union meeting on refugees and internally displaced people.

The witnesses said that insurgents shot mortars at the airport and airplane and African Union peacekeepers returned fire. They say the busy Bakara market was also struck hard by mortar shells. Witnesses saw the dead bodies of at least six civilians there. The president was not hurt in the attack.

“As the Somali president flew out to Kampala for a meeting of African presidents, Islamist insurgents began shelling the airport,” said a spokesman for the presidency in an interview, Abdulkadir Mohamed Osman. “Peacekeepers responded.”

Vice chairman of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Organization in Mogadishu Ali Yasin Gedi said that “insurgents fired mortar bombs at the plane carrying President Ahmed, and then AMISOM [the African Union Mission to Somalia] responded with shells. That is how the problem started.”

A paramedic working for the Lifeline Africa and Nationlink Ambulance Services, Ali Muse Sheikh, reported that around sixty people were hurt by the clashes. “It is one of the worst events I have ever seen. We don’t have enough ambulances or private vehicles to collect the casualties. The number of casualties is increasing minute-by-minute,” he said in a telephone interview.

A shopkeeper in the Bakara market described his experiences to the Reuters news agency. “They were taking cover in a concrete building, but such big shells can penetrate the strongest house. We can’t go out to count how many more are dead. Bombs are raining on us,” said Farah Olow.

Since the first 1,500 peacekeepers from Uganda arrived in Mogadishu more than two years ago, AMISOM troops have been frequently attacked by Islamist insurgents seeking to overthrow the Somali government. In February, eleven peacekeepers from Burundi were killed by a suicide car bomber. Another seventeen peacekeepers, including the Burundian deputy force commander, were killed last month in twin suicide car bombings at the AMISOM base.

Al-Shabab, a group the United States and other Western countries believe is al-Qaeda’s proxy in the Horn of Africa, took responsibility for both of those attacks.

Somalia has not had an effective stable government since 1991, when Siad Barre’s government was overthrown by warlords who soon started fighting amongst themselves. The resulting violence has displaced over 1.5 million people, and killed 19,000 civilians since early 2007. The Al-Shabab group and its allies control a large portion of southern Somalia after a nearly three-year war against the Western-backed Somali government.



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