Somalia

10 People Killed In Shoot Out Between Jailed Militant Islamists, Security Officers At prison In Somalia

At least 10 people have been killed in a shoot-out between jailed militant Islamists and security officers at a prison in Somalia, government spokesman Ismail Mukhtar has said. The al-Shabab militants had attempted to escape from the heavily guarded prison in the capital, Mogadishu. An investigation is under way into how the militants obtained weapons. Some reports suggested that an inmate managed to disarm a warden and...

3 civilians killed, 2 injured in crossfire of AU firefight with Al-Shabaab in Somalia

The African Union (AU) said that three civilians were killed and two others injured during a firefight between its forces in Somalia and Islamists from the Al-Shabaab group. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said its troops clashed with Al-Shabaab fighters who had laid a roadside ambush on Monday, northeast of Janale in Lower Shabelle, a hotbed for the insurgents. "Regrettably, three women were killed...

Four Killed In Somalia Blast During Eid Celebrations

At least four people have been killed and 15 others were injured in Somalia when an explosion went off during Eid celebrations. Witnesses say a crowd had been dancing and singing in Baidoa city when the blast occurred. It is not yet clear who was behind it. For several years the Islamist militant group al-Shabab controlled Baidoa. Since 2012, when its fighters were pushed out of the...

Anger in Mogadishu after police kill civilian in COVID-19 curfew

A police officer in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a civilian while enforcing coronavirus restrictions, aljazeera reports. The shooting on Friday evening sparked protests in Mogadishu that continued on Saturday with crowds of young men burning tires and demanding justice. There has been growing anger among some residents over alleged abuses by security forces, including beatings while enforcing virus-related restrictions. Shouts...

Somalia Bans Swimming Over Covid-19

The authorities in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, have banned swimming at the popular Lido beach in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus. Hotels and restaurants operating there have also been ordered to enforce hygiene measures to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. The Lido beach is normally abuzz with swimmers in the afternoons and on weekends. Somalia, which is slowly recovering from a civil war,...

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