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Somalia teacher killing: Shabaab admit liability

Somalia, Apr 15: Islamist guerrilla group al Shabaab is responsible for the brutal slaying of four school instructors after fighters briefly seized a key town without bloodshed.   A spokesman for al Shabaab fighters, Muktar Robow "Abu Mansur," did not distance his armed group from killing the four civilians in Beletwein, a...

Four foreign teachers killed in Somalia

Somalia, Apr 15: Two Kenyan and two British teachers were killed during the Islamist insurgants raid on a strategic town in central Somalia early Monday, shooting all four in the latest guerrilla attack designed to topple the country's Western-backed government.   "Our fighters did not intentionally kill the teachers, but what we know is...

Somalia: Insurgants capture town, foreigners killed

Somalia, Apr 15: Somalia's Islamist rebels have seized a provincial capital in central Somalia after the region's governor fled towards the Ethiopian border, sources said.   Yusuf Daboged, the governor of Hiran region, fled to the border town of Feer Feer with a few soldiers before the Islamist guerrillas entered Beletwein, the capital of...

Rebels trap Ethiopian convoy in Central Somalia

Somalia, Apr 15: Heavily armed Islamist insurgents fighters ambushed an Ethiopian army convoy as it drove its way through central Somalia Sunday, sparking a 30-minute gunfight, sources said.   Local sources in Halgan village in the central region of Hiran reported that rebels loyal to the Islamic Courts launched a surprise attack on...

Somalia: Puntland police chief under bomb attack

Somalia Apr 15: The chief of police in Somalia's semiautonomous State of Puntland narrowly escaped unharmed after a roadside bomb detonated and destroyed his car, witnesses and the police chief said. No one was wounded when the remotely-detonated bomb exploded, Col. Abdiaziz Said "Ga' amey" told a press conference afterwards in the port city of...

Somalia: Police killed two troops during looting

Somalia, Apr 12: Somali police have attacked military soldiers in the Suuq Bacaad Market of north Mogadishu, killing at least two and injuring one. The soldiers were reportedly looting shops, when the gunfire erupted, witness told reporters. The businessmen were forced to close their shops amid fierce clashes in the market, Press TV report said...

Somalia: Fresh fighting rocked Mogadishu

Somalia, Apr 12: Argentina district in north Mogadishu has witnessed heavy fighting late Friday after heavily armed men attacked an official's house.   Armed men attacked the house of deputy chairman of the Middle Shabelle region, Hussein Dhere. Meanwhile, Somali and Ethiopian soldiers were attacked in Hodon district in South Moqadishu....

Somalia violence kill six civilians

The attacks have displaced hundreds of people residing in the Haraaryale district in southern Mogadishu, near the presidential palace on Friday. The soldiers ransacked homes and sexually harassed women and girls. Normal life in Jowhar town in northern Mogadishu was also brought into a standstill and the town turned into a haven for looters....

Somalia: Burundi does't want to see more soldier killing

Burundi, Apr 11: Burundi said this week's killing of one of its soldiers in Somalia will not deter its peacekeeping operations in the strife-torn country. Foreign Minister Antoinette Batumubwira on Thursday said Bujumbura did not want to see a repeat of Tuesday's incident in which the soldier was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu. "...

Somalia: Fresh violence kills 13 in Mogadishu

Somalia, Apr 10: At least 13 people have killed in clashes between armed insurgents and Somali soldiers in Hodon district in southern Mogadishu.   The rebel forces attacked government soldiers in the southern district of Hodon. The attack was followed by heavy artillery and gunfire exchange from both sides. The incident left 13 soldiers...

Somalia: Insurgants capture key town again

Somalia, Apr 9: Islamist rebel fighters in Somalia seized a strategic town north of Mogadishu on Wednesday for the second time in two weeks, a spokesman for the insurgents said.   Jowhar is the most significant of several towns the rebels have captured in recent months, highlighting the inability of the Western-backed interim government to...

Somalia: Three Fake soldiers shot dead

Somalia, Apr 9: Three armed men wearing Somali soldiers' uniforms have been killed by unknown attackers in southern Mogadishu as they were looting shops on Wednesday.   The three men claiming to be Somali soldiers were shot dead while they were looting a cell phone shop in Dharkenley district. Officials said the men killed were not...

Somalia: Yacht hostages provided food, unhurt

Nairobi (Keniaya), Apr 9: Fresh supplies have been delivered to hostages and kidnappers on a luxury yacht held for the last six days by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a local rights group said Wednesday.   "We have provided water and food, which the boat needed, and we will continue to give them what we can," Mohamud Abdulkadir '...

Somalia: Missiles shock Mogadishu airport

Mogadishu (Somalia), Apr 9: More than 11 missiles have rocked south Mogadishu's international airport, which is heavily guarded by African Union peacekeeping forces.   The military wing of Somalia's Islamic group known as the al-Shabaab Fighters, fired missiles into the Aden-Adde airport on Wednesday, leaving an unknown number of people dead...

Somalia: Six Filipinos among the Yacht hostage

Manila, Apr 9: Six Filipinos are among 30 crew members of a luxury French yacht hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia, the Philippine Foreign Ministry said.   The Filipinos along with the 26 other crew members of the 32-cabin Ponant are "in good physical condition" at present, but there have been no demands from the pirates...