Somalia

Everything would be okay, mother recalls son’s last word before Shabaab attack

By-P. Meja Ken A US army specialist who was killed in the Sunday attack in Lamu was 23-year-old Henry Mayfield Jr, from the Chicago suburb of Hazel Crest. His family on Monday confirmed he was their son. According to various reports, Mayfield Jr last spoke to his mother on New Year’s Day over FaceTime. The deceased's mother,  Carmoneta Mayfield, said her son's last words were "Everything would be okay". Carmoneta said...

17 Dead in Latest Somalia Bomb Attack

At least 17 people were killed and 28 others wounded when a bomb went off outside a hotel near the international airport in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Monday. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. The city’s Medina Hospital received 17 bodies and 28 people with injuries, 12 of them in a critical condition, Mohammed Yusuf, the hospital’s director told the media. The blast went off at the...

Suicide car bomb kill 9 in Somalia’s capital

Islamic extremists exploded a suicide car bomb that killed at least nine people, including Somalia's former foreign minister. The suicide bomb blasted near the presidential palace in the capital on Wednesday. Former foreign minister Hussein Elabe Fahiye, who was an advisor to the current president, was among those killed in the blast. The sources also added that 13 people were wounded and most of the casualties were soldiers. The Somalia-based extremist group...

15 Killed in Somalia car bomb

At least 15 people were killed and 10 injured on Monday in the central Somali town of Galkayo when al-Shabab militants attacked a Sufi religious centre, a police officer said. The Islamist militant group had accused the cleric of insulting Prophet Mohamed, which he denied. “The (security) operation is now over. Al Shabaab killed 15 people including the cleric, his wife, his followers and his guards,”...

al-Shaabab weakened by US strikes

Al-Shabab fighters had neared the completion of specialist training to conduct "offensive operations" when the US launched a drone strike on their base in Somalia, killing about 150 of them, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said in a report. "Their removal will degrade al-Shabab's ability to meet the group's objectives in Somalia, which includes recruiting new members, establishing bases and planning attacks on US and Amisom forces...

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