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UN Agency Says 63,000 Somalis Already Uprooted by Fighting This Year

An estimated 63,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Somalia in just the first few weeks of this year due to ongoing fighting, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. Some 14,000 of them were uprooted in the capital, Mogadishu, where clashes last week between Government forces and Al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam militants left...

More than 1700 killed in Somali clashes in 2009 - group

A Mogadishu-based Human Right group says fighting between insurgents and government troops backed by African Union forces has claimed the lives of more than 1700 people, mostly civilians. Elman Peace and Human Rights group (EHRO) says most of the deaths occurred in the last months of the years in the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu but the number is...

Fresh Fighting Kills Two Civilians in Somali capital Mogadishu

At least two civilians have been killed after fresh fighting between the transitional Federal Government troops backing by AMISOM and the Islamist fighters broke out in parts of the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses and officials told Shabelle radio on Saturday. Abdullahi Hassan Barise, the spokesman of the transitional police forces told...

Mortar Shells Kill 10 in Somalia Mogadishu

A number of mortar shells hit parts of central Mogadishu on Friday evening leaving at least ten dead. One of the mortars landed in a residential area while another crashed onto the city's main jail. The worst incident, however, occurred at De Martino Hospital, a former medical facility that had been converted into a lodge for the Somali war...

Heavy Shelling Injures About 10 in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (Sh. M. Network) - at least 10 people have been injured after heavy shelling started in parts of the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Saturday. Reports say that some of the mortar shells landed in the neighborhood of 5-ta Ged in Hawl-wadag district in the capital where at least 6 people wounded. People say there...

31 Dead in Somali capital Mogadishu Battles And Bombs

At least 31 people were killed and over 100 others wounded in a series of street battles and bombardment in the Somali capital Mogadishu since Thursday night, Radio Garowe reports. The violence continued into Friday morning, after suspected insurgents attacked Somali government forces and African Union peacekeepers (AMISOM) based around Mogadishu'...

MV Yenagoa - 'For 10 Months, We Lived Between Life And Death' in Somalia

Graham Egbegi, captain of the ship, MV Yenagoa Ocean, hijacked on August 5, 2008 by Somali pirates, yesterday said he and nine others aboard the ship lived daily for 10 months between life and death in the camp of the pirates. Egbedi, David Akpoguma, Namo Musa, Usman Ochoche Agida, Lucky Edoja, John Nkanu, Effiong Joseph, Emma Okon Timothy, Okuns...

Yesterday's Deadly Explosions Death of Somalia Toll in Beledweyn Town Increases

The death toll of yesterday's deadly suicide explosion has increased as the people in Beledweyn town are burying the dead bodies in the town, officials told Shabelle radio on Friday. People in the town say that the situation of the town is calm today after heavy explosion convulsed the town on Thursday which caused more casualties adding that more...

Suicide Bomber Kills Two in in the Somali capital Mogadishu

At least two people including a Somali government soldier has been killed and three others have been injured after suicide bomber targeted a base of government soldiers in the Somali capital Mogadishu, an official told Shabelle radio on Sunday. Abdifatah Ibrahim Shaweye, Mogadishu deputy mayor told Shabelle that a foreigner exploded a car loaded...

Seven Killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu as Mortars Rain Down on Parliament Building

At least 7 people including civilians were killed Saturday in the Somali capital Mogadishu after suspected insurgents targeted the parliament building with mortars, Radio Garowe reports. At least three of the mortars hit inside the parliament building, which is located in Mogadishu's Abdiaziz district. Somali lawmakers had voted and approved the...

Somali Pirates Stage Daring New Attacks

Somali pirates hijacked a Belgian-owned ship off Somalia on Saturday but a Dutch naval frigate foiled an attack on a Greek-owned chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden. The European Union's Maritime Security Centre reported that the 1,850-ton dredger, the Pompei, and its crew of 11 were en route to Durban, South Africa, when the ship was seized. "The...

11 African Union Peacekeepers Killed in Somalia

The African Union says eleven peacekeepers from Burundi were killed in Somalia Sunday in an "unprecedented" attack, Radio Garowe reports. Witnesses near the compound of Somalia's old National University in the capital Mogadishu said two huge explosions occurred midday today, sending plumes of smoke into the air and terrifying residents...

Military Tensions are Growing in Southwest Somalia Between Govt Forces, Al Shabaab

Military tensions are growing in a town in southwestern Somalia after Islamist guerrillas reportedly reached the outskirts of a provincial capital, Radio Garowe reports. The Al Shabaab fighters were dispatched from Baidoa, the capital of Bay region that served as the seat of parliament in recent years. Government officials who fled Baidoa under...

New Navy Task Force Takes Aim At Pirates

A new multinational naval task force is patrolling the waters off the coast of Africa to scare off pirates who have been regularly attacking commercial shipping vessels laden with oil, fertilizer and iron ore. For now, Combined Task Force 151 comprises three U.S. ships, but other nations, including the United Kingdom, are expected to join the...

Women 'Keep Life Going' in Violent Streets of Mogadishu

On the fifth day of every month a group of women entrepreneurs gather to share their experiences and discuss matters of trade. What makes this exceptional is that the women are from south-central Somalia and they meet in Mogadishu, one of the world's most devastated and dangerous cities. With 780 registered members, most of them from the Banadir...