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10 People Killed, 25 Others Injured Fighting in Somalia

At least 10 people have been killed and 25 other wounded fighting between Somali government backed by African Union Troops at the main Bakara Market in Somali Capital Mogadishu, Radio Garowe Reports. "I saw at least 6 dead bodies after mortars erupted in the busy market of Bakara, dozen others injured were taken to the Hospital," told a witness...

Somalian President Sharif Fires Military Chief After Missing Weapons Scandal

Somalian President Sharif Fires Military Chief After Missing Weapons Scandal The president of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) Sheikh Sharif Ahmed fired the country's top military chief Monday due to allegations that he 'sold weapons' illegally, Radio Garowe reports. According to inside sources, Gen. Mohamed Ghelle Kahiye was accused by TFG President Sharif of being "responsible" for tons of weapons missing...

115 Killed, 200 Wounded in 4-Day Somalia's anarchic capital Mogadishu Clashes

Fighting in Somalia's anarchic capital Mogadishu entered a fourth day Thursday, as African Union-backed Somali interim government forces continued street clashes and artillery exchanges with Islamist insurgents, Radio Garowe reports. Various sources, including medical workers and government officials, have confirmed a death toll of at least 115...

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Warns of Grave Danger to Media After Death of Veteran Journalist in in Somalia

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has sounded the alarm over the complete absence of safety for journalists in Somalia following the death of veteran journalist, Barkhad Awale Adan. Awale Adan was killed in the afternoon of Tuesday, 24 August 2010, during gunfire exchange between the Transitional Federal Government and the...

Six Fighters Killed in Northern Somalia Clashes

At least six fighters were killed in clashes between Somali militants linked to local warlord Mohamed Said Atom and security forces of the breakaway Puntland state. On Friday, fighters led by Atom raided a military base near the Galgala mountains which had been lost to Puntland on Wednesday. "The terrorists launched a hit and run attack on one of...

Somalia Pirates Release Maltese Flagged Ship

Somali pirates on the early morning hours of Thursday released the Maltese flagged merchant vessel MV FRIGIA that they were holding for the past four months, Radio Garowe reports. The ship was hijacked on 23 March 2010 and the crew held hostage for 128 days. The pirates seized the ship approximately 1000 nautical miles east of the Northern Somali...

17 Civilians Killed in Somalia Clashes

At least 17 civilians were killed in clashes between Islamist insurgents and Somali government troops in Mogadishu. Somalia's embattled government welcomes the African Union's decision to send more troops to Mogadishu Ambulance staff collected ten bodies of civilians and 46 wounded following clashes on Tuesday, the head of Mogadishu ambulance...

Al-Shabaab Spreads Attacks to Somalia's Puntland State

Abdirashid Mohamed Irro, the minister for commerce of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, stated yesterday that his government was aware that militias trained in Southern Somalia have been sent to cause instability in Puntland, a semi-autonomous state in Northeastern Somalia. Minister Irro said that the radical group Al Shabaab, has...

African Union Head Blasts Lack of Somalia Response

African Union head Jean Ping has blasted the international community for neglecting the crisis in Somalia and only seeking to intervene when their interest is threatened by piracy and international terrorism. Jean Ping was speaking in Kampala on the sidelines of the meeting of African Union ministers. The summit of heads of state is expected to...

Somaliland Clashes Displace Thousands

Several thousand people in northern Somalia have been displaced in recent weeks by clashes between Somaliland troops and a new rebel group, according to local and UN sources. The armed group is called Sool, Sanaag and Cayn (SSC) after the regions it hopes to "liberate" from the government of Somaliland, a northwestern region which unilaterally...

Heavy Fighting Close to Somali President's Palace

Although this morning started with relative serenity, residents in Mogadishu's eastern districts witnessed some of the most intensive confrontations in the past months. Clashes between fighters loyal to Al-Shabaab, the most radical Islamist group opposing the Transitional Federal Government, and the pro-government forces that included the...

Mogadishu Clashes Claim 15 Lives, Dozens Injured

At least 15 people have been killed and 45 others injured in fresh clashes between Somali government forces in Somalia's restive capital, Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports. The clashes erupted in rebel-held northern districts of Abdiasis, Shibis, Karan, Daynile and Bondhere, where rebel fighters engaged in fierce gun battle with government forces...

Deadly Clashes Rock in Somali Capital Mogadishu

Deadly Clashes Rock in Somali Capital Mogadishu At least 16 people have been killed in fighting between government forces and Islamist insurgents. On Monday east African heads of state pledged 2,000 troops to protect the Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. Most of the victims were insurgents who died in attacks on the shrinking territory controlled by the Somali government in north-eastern...

Observers Commend Somaliland's Elections

A group of international observers says the recent concluded presidential election in Somalia's separatist region of Somaliland was free and fair. The group told reporters in Hargeisa that campaigns and polling were conducted in a peaceful and democratic manner dispute some irregularities such as misuse of public resources during the campaigns. "...

20 People Killed in Latest Somali capital Mogadishu Clashes

At least 20 people were killed and dozens others injured in heavy shelling and gunfire exchanged between Somali government forces and insurgents in south and northern Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses said. The clashes broke out early Friday when heavily armed rebel fighters carried out attacks on government troops' bases in the southern...