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Last of 12 Somali Suspects in Alleged Dutch Terror Plot Freed

Dutch prosecutors say the last of 12 Somalis arrested in the Netherlands last week on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack has been released.However, authorities say three of them, including the man freed Thursday, are still considered suspects. No weapons or explosives were found in the December 24 raids in Rotterdam that netted the suspects...

17 Dead in Mogadishu Clashes, Aweys Praises Al Shabaab

At least 17 people were killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu during Tuesday clashes, as Islamist leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys publicly declared his support for the merger of Al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam insurgent factions, Radio Garowe reports. The fighting started overnight Monday and continued into Tuesday, with Somali government forces and...

Somali Prime Minister to Face Parliament Over Security Training, Airport Deals.

Somalia's parliament has asked Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (alias Farmajo) to appear in parliament to answer questions regarding agreements signed with foreign companies over security training and airport management, Radio Garowe reports. Somali MPs in Mogadishu reportedly asked Prime Minister Farmajo to appear in parliament to answer...

As Al Shabab Looms, Somali Government Running Out of Time

It has been another violent year in Somalia with al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants establishing itself as a terrorist group that can strike beyond Somali borders.  The U.N.-backed Transitional Federal Government, mired in its own internal problems, is still relying on African Union peacekeepers to keep insurgents from toppling the government and...

Police Searching for Answers After Nairobi Explosion

Kenyan police are investigating possible links to terrorist groups after a bus station blast killed one and injured more than 40 people in Nairobi. A small bomb exploded about 8 p.m. local time Monday just outside of a bus station in Nairobi's River Road area as passengers were boarding a bus bound for Kampala, Uganda. The blast shattered the...

15 Killed in Somali Capital Mogadishu Clashes Over Weekend

At least 15 people were killed over the weekend in the Somali capital Mogadishu, as fighting continued between Somali government forces backed by African Union peacekeepers and Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabaab insurgents on the other side, Radio Garowe reports. The sectors in the city where these clashes are taking place are Hodan and partly of...

Somali Pirates Hijack Ship with 24 Crew

Somali pirates have hijacked another ship, this time a Liberian-owned bulk cargo vessel with 24 crew members.The European Union's anti-piracy force says pirates attacked the MV Renuar Saturday in the Indian Ocean.  It says the Renuar tried to escape the attack, but that pirates seized control after firing small arms and rocket-propelled grenades...

Kenya Detains Over 300 East African Refugees

Over 300 mainly Somali and Ethiopian refugees were reportedly detained earlier this week in Nairobi’s largely immigrant suburb of Eastleigh, and the arrests are continuing. According to two non-governmental organizations – the International Rescue Committee and Kituo Cha Sheria(Center for Legal Empowerment) - the Kenyan police are raiding homes of...

UN Says Nearly One-Third Of Somalia's Population Needs Aid

The World Health Organization reports about two million people in Somalia, or nearly one-third of the total population, are in need of humanitarian assistance.  That includes almost 1.5 million internally displaced people.  Somalia has been in a chronic state of emergency for almost 20 years.  It has had no effective central government since the...

Leaked Cables Detail Kenya's Role in Arming South Sudan

The latest batch of secret diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks is shedding new light on Kenya's role in the controversial sale of arms to the government of South Sudan. The tidal wave of controversy surrounding the release of classified US cables has finally hit Kenyan shores. On Thursday, WikiLeaks released several secret communiqués from the...

Amnesty International Condemns Kenya’s Forced Return of Somali Refugees

Amnesty International is accusing Kenyan authorities of abusing Somali refugees and violating their human rights. Although Kenya closed its border with Somalia in December 2006, Somalis continue to enter the country.  Many are fleeing violence and abuse in their own country.  However, Amnesty says the Somalis are being forcibly returned. Amnesty...

22 Killed, 35 Wounded in Two Days of Mogadishu Clashes

At least 22 people have been killed and more than 35 others wounded in two days of fighting between African Union (AU) forces and al-Shabab fighters in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports. On Saturday, the fighting caused 12 deaths and 20 wounded, while at least 10 people were killed and 15 others wounded during Sunday's heavy...

Kenyan Policeman Killed in Nairobi Grenade Attack

A Kenyan Police officer has been killed by an explosion Friday morning in Nairobi. Early Friday morning an assailant reportedly threw a grenade or some form of explosive device into a Kenyan police vehicle which exploded, injuring those inside. Kenyan police have confirmed the attack killed one of the officers inside, injuring one and leaving two...

Burundi Bolsters Somalia's AU Force

Burundi has confirmed it sent an additional 850 soldiers to Somalia last week to bolster the African Union peacekeeping force.The deployment brings the AU force in the capital, Mogadishu, up to its full authorized strength of 8,000. Officials with the Burundian army and the African Union mission, known as AMISOM, confirmed the deployment.The...

Somali capital Mogadishu Death Toll Hits 40 On Third Day of Fighting

At least 15 people were killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu during the third consecutive day of fighting Tuesday, Radio Garowe reports. The fighting was between Al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam insurgent factions on one side, and troops from the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and African Union (AMISOM) peacekeepers deployed in Mogadishu....