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Somali rivals clash in central Kismayo


Seven people have died in the Somali port of Kismayo in fighting between two self-declared leaders of the strategic city and surrounding area. Residents told the BBC the clashes began in the town centre at midday and lasted for about 40 minutes. They broke out after one of the leaders tried to meet the defence […]


Kenyan Amisom soldier kills six Somali civilians

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Six civilians have been shot dead by a Kenyan soldier advancing towards the al-Shabab stronghold of Kismayo, the Kenyan army has confirmed. The soldier has been detained pending an investigation, it said, noting the incident followed a militant attack. Somali army spokesman Adan Mohamed Hirsi earlier told the BBC it had been “a deliberate killing”. […]


Al-Shabaab targets billboard with non-Arabic scripts


Al-Shabaab militants Wednesday destroyed advertisement boards with non-Arabic scripts at Eelasha Biyaha area, south of Mogadishu. The area is home to most people who fled the war in the Somali capital. The masked fighters stated that businesses in the affected area were ordered to remove English and Somali literature from their boards by 30th of […]


First Italian Delegation Arrives in Somaliland

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Hargeisa, (Somalilandpress)- An Italian delegation led by Mr. Gayni Vernetti, a member of The Italian Parliament and former deputy minister of foreign affairs arrived in Somaliland on Friday. The delegation is consists of five members and includes parliamentarians as well as journalists. Speaking to the press. Mr Vernetti said that although his government still supports […]


Somalias Alshabab bans Handshakes between Women and men

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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked militants in war-torn southern Somalia have banned unrelated men and women from shaking hands, speaking or walking together in public, residents said Saturday. People who break the rules could be imprisoned, whipped or even executed. The insurgents already have banned women from working in public, leaving many mothers with a […]


Al-shabab fighters amputate limbs of 19 years old

Militants of Al-Shabaab stand guard with their weapons inside Bakara open-air market in Somalia's capital Mogadishu

BAIDOA  (Somalilandpress)–Al-shabab fighters controlling Baidoa, a stronghold of Islamist militias in southern Somalia have forcibly amputated limbs of 19 years man in the town of Bay region on Tuesday as he was charged for banditry. Residents told all voices office in the Somali capital Mogadishu that a court belonging Al-shabab had publicly cut off hand […]


U.S. Contractor Flies AU Peacekeepers To Somalia

STUTTGART, 23 March 2010 (Somalilandpress) – U.S.-contracted flights, working under the NATO banner, ferried some 1,700 Ugandan troops into Mogadishu, Somalia, last week in response to an African Union request for transportation support, alliance officials said in a news release. The troop movements were made as government officials in the Somali capital are preparing to […]


Somalia: Al shabab reinforcements pour into Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (Somalilandpress) — Reports from  Somalia’s capital said new reinforcements of Al-shabab fighters have reached the city last night in a shadow down with government and AMISOM troops. An eyewitness said hundreds of military vehicles carrying Al Shabab militia crossed the Afgooye bridge, some 25 kilometres west of Mogadishu, during the evening and entered the […]


Fighting kills 9 civilians in Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somalilandpress) — At least 9 civilians were killed and 14 others wounded in clashes between Somali government troops and insurgents in Mogadishu on Thursday and Friday, Human rights group said. The heavy fighting erupted late on Thursday and continued into Friday morning in the capital in one of the bloodiest days in recent weeks. […]


When the Jihadists Take Mogadishu

HARGEISA, 14 January 2010 (Somalilandpress) – Last Friday, the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council voted to extend for another six months the mandate of its woefully undermanned military force in Mogadishu. The AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), comprised of some 5,000 soldiers from Uganda and Burundi, has been besieged by Islamist insurgents since […]


The Stories Of The Two Somalis Freed From Guantánamo

HARGEISA, 22 December 2009 (Somalilandpress) – Carol Rosenberg at the Miami Herald broke the news on Saturday that 12 prisoners have been released from Guantánamo. The news followed hints in the Washington Post on Friday that six Yemenis and four Afghans were set to leave, but Rosenberg — and the East African media — reported […]


Ethiopian foreign minister, Somali Islamist official in talks

ADDIS ABABA, 21 December 2009 (Somalilandpress) – This week, the spiritual leader of [Somalia's Islamist group] Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a, Shaykh Mahmud Shaykh Hasan Farah, accompanied by a 14-member delegation visited Addis Ababa, holding discussions with Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin last Sunday [13 December]. Shaykh Mahmud briefed Minister Seyoum on Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a aims […]


Somalia: Alshabaab Suspend UN Mine Action

Mogadishu, 17 December 2009 (Somalilandpress) – Somalia’s Islamists, Alshabaab issued an statement to suspend the UN Mine Action program in Somalia. The statement which was signed by the organization’s Office for Supervising the Affairs of Foreign Agencies accused the program of carrying out actions to mobilize the people against Alshabab. [ad#Google Adsense (336x280)] The statement […]


Kenyan Forces Foil Attempt To Kidnap Catholic Nun

Mogadishu, 14 December 2009 (Somalilandpress) – Kenyan security forces have foiled an attempt by armed gunmen, to kidnap a Catholic nun in Wajir, northeastern Kenya, officials said. According to reports, the gunmen attacked the nun’s house, but were repulsed by security forces on patrol when she rung alarm to the police. Some of the attackers […]


Did five Torontonians join jihad in Somalia?

TORONTO, 12 December 2009 (Somalilandpress) – They hung out at a Somali restaurant in “Little Mogadishu” in the northwest corner of the city, played basketball together, and worshipped at a North York mosque. The five friends, in their early to mid-20s, grew up and attended schools in Toronto. They spoke English and Somali. At least […]


Somalia: Al-Shabaab’s Encirclement Strategy

HARGEISA, 9 December 2009 (Somalilandpress) – A closed source in the Horn of Africa reports on al-Shabaab’s strategy at the current juncture of the conflicts in southern and central Somalia. According to the source, Harakat al-Shabaab Mujahideen (H.S.M.) is preparing to launch an offensive in the central regions to gain the kind of dominance over […]


Nine Suspected Al-Shabab Members Charged In Kenyan Court

Nairobi, 8 December 2009 (Somalilandpress) – Nine suspects arrested last week on suspicion of being members of Somali terror group Al-Shabab were arraigned before Mombasa court this afternoon. The suspects were charged with being in Kenya illegally and being in possession of illegal weapons. Reports say the arrests point at the serious and direct threat […]


Somali Rebels Order WFP To Halt Relief Food Imports

MOGADISHU, 25 November 2009 (Somalilandpress) – The U.N.’s World Food Programme must immediately stop importing relief rations to Somalia, hardline rebels said on Wednesday, accusing the aid agency of devastating local agriculture. Al Shabaab insurgents control most of the south of the drought-ravaged country, where fighting has worsened one of the world’s most acute humanitarian […]