SOMALIA: Fire guts petrol station in Las Anod

On Monday, at least 40 people were injured after a major petrol station in the provincial capital of Sool caught fire. Most of the wounded were taken to the General Hospital in the city, including three people with serious injuries. It is not yet clear what started the fire which quickly engulfed more shops in […]

SOMALIA: Puntland military court sentences Al shabab assassin to death

On Sunday, the Puntland military court has sentenced a member of Al Shabaab to death, after the man pleaded guilty to murders of more than 20 people. The defendant named Abdulkadir Mohammed Ali, 24 years old, was accused of taking part in the killings of government officials and traditional leaders in Puntland. His victims included […]

Two suspected ‘al-Shabaab’ killed by Kenya police

Kenyan police said Monday they faced an angry mob in the country’s northeast after two suspected “terrorists” were killed at the weekend near the Somali border. The two men were shot dead Saturday night after trying to force their way through a barricade near Mandera, a small border town. A third man in their vehicle […]

Somalia: Late, erratic rainfall raises concerns about harvest prospects

2 June 2014, Mogadishu/Rome – Late rains and erratic weather patterns in Somalia have raised concerns over a worsening of the food security situation, as food stocks from the last, poor harvest become depleted and prices continue to rise sharply, a new FAO report says. The situation is being exacerbated by conflict and inadequate funding […]

Italy rescues more than 3,500 migrants, Renzi asks for help

Italian navy patrol ships rescued more than 3,500 migrants including hundreds of women and children from boats coming from North Africa, authorities said on Saturday, while Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for help from the European Union. The rescues, which the coast guard said have been going on since Friday evening, are the latest in […]

Bombings threaten Kenya growth goals, open new strains with wary West

Recent bombings in Kenya have dented President Uhuru Kenyatta’s plans to boost tourism and undermined his pledge to restore security after last year’s Westgate shopping mall attack. Travel warnings issued by the United States, Britain, France and Australia last month have sent their citizens packing, emptying Kenya’s palm-fringed beaches and forcing hotels to lay off […]

Somalia: al-Shabab planning Ramadan attacks, Security officials say

With only month left for the Holy Islamic month of Ramadan, Somalia intelligence and security officers have warned of fresh terror threats from al-Shabab extremists during the month. Somalia’s Intelligence and Security agency Chief  General Bashir Gobe has said that they have received intelligence reports that the al-Qaeda-linked militant group plan to hit their targets […]

Somalia: At least one person killed in blast near Headquarters of National Intelligence

One person has died in a bomb explosion outside a famous hotel close to the headquarters of the National Intelligence agency in Mogadishu, the latest in a wave of attacks in the capital. A Police Spokesman says a car bomb exploded late on Friday evening outside the hotel, where senior security officials, including the Director […]

Mohamed Hersi found guilty of trying to join Somali terrorist group Al-Shabab

Jurors have found a Toronto man guilty of attempting to join Al-Shabab, the Somaliterrorist group responsible for last year’s massacre at a Nairobi shopping mall. Mohamed Hersi, a 28-year-old former security guardat the downtown building that houses the Hockey Hall of Fame, was also found guilty of counseling another person to join Al-Shabab.The jury took two days to […]

U.N. experts wary of Somaliland plan for armed oil protection unit

(Reuters) – U.N. experts warn that plans by Somalia’s breakaway enclave Somaliland to deploy special forces to protect foreign oil companies could worsen conflicts in the long unstable Horn of Africa. A confidential May 27 letter to the U.N. Security Council sanctions committee on Somalia and Eritrea, obtained by Reuters on Friday, recommends the panel […]