Sunday 19 November 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
At least 6 people died on Sunday after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant just outside a senior official’s office in the central Somali city of Beledweyne, police and residents said. The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group said it was behind the attack. “At least six people died and several others were wounded. A suicide bomber blew up himself in a restaurant,” major Hussein Osman, a police officer told Reuters from Beledweyne. The Sunday afternoon blast took place outside the office of the governor of the Hiran region, where he was holding a meeting, police and residents said. “We are behind the attack at the Hiran governor’s headquarters. There are casualties. We targeted the workers of the...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope to look past Brexit turmoil. “Even if I hadn’t had the money put aside, I would have found a way to pay for it,” said Corrie, 50, who estimates the business she runs with her husband would have lost 10,000...
(AFP (eng) 09/09/17)
Several thousand fans on Friday watched the first night-time football match to be played in Mogadishu since chaos descended on the Somali capital nearly three decades ago, raucously backing their respective teams in what the mayor called a "historic" event. The match -- the final of a city-wide club tournament for 16- to 18-year-olds -- took place at the Konis Stadium, which has been renovated by FIFA. It was broadcast live on several television channels but took place under tight security because of the threat posed by the Shabaab Islamist group. "Tonight is a historic night which people waited for more than 30 years. I tell you that Mogadishu is secure and people
(AFP (eng) 09/09/17)
A US man who joined Somalia's Shabaab insurgents and allegedly attacked Kenyan peace-keepers in Somalia pleaded guilty Friday to supporting a foreign terror group. Baltimore native Maalik Alim Jones, 32, was accused of joining the Islamist rebels in 2011 where he took small arms training and joined attacks by Shabaab's Jaysh Ayman commando unit against African Union troops sent to help stabilize the long-troubled country. Jones spent four years in the country and appeared together with other Shabaab fighter in videos recovered from a cellphone on the body of a Shabaab fighter killed in an attack. Federal prosecutors presented evidence that he had trained in using assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades while with the Shabaab militants, an officially designated foreign...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist group. “Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment” presents the results of a two-year UNDP Africa study on recruitment in the most prominent extremist groups in Africa. The study reveals a picture of a...
(Middle East Monitor 09/07/17)
The US is investigating civilian deaths in Somalia, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported yesterday. This follows a joint US and Somali Special Forces raid on a village on 25 August, during which 10 civilians were killed, including 3 children and a woman. The terrorist group Al-Shabaab was not present in the village of Baiire at the time of the raid. Since March, President Donald Trump has introduced new legal codes to provide the US military with legal cover to wage special operations in “temporary battlefields” across Somalia. According to Anthony Favlo of US Africa Command (AFRICOM), the incident “remains under investigation.” Somalia has faced an internal conflict with the armed extremists of Al-Shabaab for over ten years. The group...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., the miner chaired by South Africa’s richest black businessman, will pay a record dividend this year as rising iron-ore and manganese prices boosted earnings at its ferrous unit. ARM will pay investors 6.50 rand a share, almost triple that of the previous year, and its 11th consecutive dividend, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement Thursday. The company benefited from a 45 percent increase in prices received for exported iron ore and 93 percent more for its manganese. While ARM is “confident in the long-term outlook for commodities,” the company said prices will “remain volatile” this year. The rand, in which ARM pays most of its costs, has strengthened against the dollar this year, reducing earnings...
(Shabelle News 09/06/17)
At least two Somali government soldiers were reported to have been killed, and several others wounded in a deadly roadside bomb explosion in Afgoye, about 30Km northwest of Mogadishu on Wednesday. Witnesses said a land mine blast struck a convoy carrying Somali forces driving at an orphanage camp in the heart of the town, killing 3 soldiers on the spot, while injuring several who were taken to hospital. In the aftermath of the attack, Police cordoned off the scene near the site of the explosion, and carried out an operation, however, no arrest was reported so far. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb attack, but Local security officials blamed Al shabaab for the incident, that was...
(Andalou Agency 09/06/17)
Mass suspension due to complaints over judges' rulings apparently first step in new president's promised judicial reforms. Somalia's Chief Justice Ibrahim Iidle Saleeban on Tuesday suspended 18 judges in the capital Mogadishu, in response to public complaints about their rulings, according to the state news agency SONNA. Six of the judges -- the Banadir Regional Court chief and the Abdiaziz and Hamar Jajab district court chairs, plus three judges from the Banadir Regional Court -- had been appointed by Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, the previous president of the Horn of Africa nation. Three judges from the Regional Appeals Court were also suspended. Also suspended were the chairs of the following court districts: Shangani, Yaqshiid, Dharkinley, Hamarweyne, Dayniile and also four judges...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/06/17)
The United States military in conjunction with Somalia’s government forces conducted an airstrike in central Somalia on Tuesday targeting al Shabaab fighters and killed three of them, the U.S. Africa Command said on Wednesday. “In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, the Department of Defense conducted a precision airstrike in central Somalia against al Shabaab militants on ... Sept. 5 at approximately 9:50 a.m. local Somalia time, killing three terrorists,” it said.
(Xinhuanet 09/05/17)
The U.S. military confirmed Tuesday its special forces conducted airstrikes in southern Somalia on Aug 31, killing an Al-Shabaab militant and wounded another. The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) spokesman Anthony Falvo said the precision airstrike was carried out in south of Barawe, Somalia. "Al-Shabaab has taken advantage of safe haven. The group has cemented its control of southern and central Somalia, they have used this area to plot and direct terror attacks, steal humanitarian aid, and to shelter other radical terrorists," Falvo said in a statement. The U.S. forces, in cooperation with the Somali government, are conducting operations against Al-Shabaab
(Bloomberg 09/05/17)
A surge in agriculture has helped lift Africa’s biggest economies out of their slumps, but the recovery may be weak. Gross domestic product in Nigeria, the continent’s largest crude producer, advanced for the first time in six quarters in the three months ended June from a year earlier, growing 0.55 percent, the statistics agency said. In South Africa, GDP expanded 2.5 percent from the previous quarter, ending the second recession in almost a decade. Both economies had agriculture largely to thank: in South Africa, a bumper corn harvest following the worst drought in more than a century saw the sector surge 34 percent from the prior quarter, while in Nigeria, where farming vies with industries as the second-biggest contributor to...
(The Associated Press 09/04/17)
Ethiopia on Friday said a senior figure with the rebel Ogaden National Liberation Front has willingly surrendered, days after the group accused neighboring Somalia’s security forces of kidnapping and forcibly extraditing him. Ethiopia foreign ministry spokesman Meles Alem told The Associated Press that Somalia “played a facilitation role” in the surrender of Abdikarin Sheikh Muse. The incident involving the ethnic Somali rebel leader has sparked outrage in Somalia, with some accusing the government of violating the constitution, which bars the extradition of Somali citizens to another country. Somalia’s government has not confirmed the extradition, and the intelligence chief has called it a “sensitive matter.” “We want an explanation from the government and which must give clarifications on who exactly has...
(AL Jazeera 09/04/17)
Fighters from the armed group carry out raid on army base in Bula Gudud near the southern port town of Kismayu. Al-Shabab fighters attacked a military base near Somalia's southern port city of Kismayu early on Sunday, a Somali army officer said, adding that he did not immediately have details of any casualties. The armed group claimed responsibility for the attack and said 26 Somali soldiers had been killed in the incident, but that could not be confirmed by other sources. "We understand al-Shabab attacked the base and fierce fighting and a blast occurred, but still we have no details," Mohamed Isa, a military officer, told Reuters news agency from Kismayu. The attack was on a base in the village...
(Voice of America 09/04/17)
The Somali government has asked the United States to provide "immediate military assistance" because it says al-Shabab militants are plotting to supply uranium to Iran. In a letter to U.S. Ambassador to Somalia Stephen Schwartz, Somali Foreign Minister Yusuf Garaad Omar says the militant group has captured "critical surface exposed uranium deposits" in the central Somali region of Galmudug and intend to transport the uranium to Iran. The letter says the issue presents a problem for the larger global community and will not be constrained within the borders of Somalia. The authenticity of the letter was confirmed to VOA's Somali service by the Somali ambassador to the U.S., Ahmed Isse Awad. The letter says Somalia is facing a "reconstituted" al-Shabab...
(Voice of America 09/04/17)
Al-Shabab militants carried out a suicide car bombing on a Somali military base killing at least seven soldiers north of the main city of Kismayo, regional officials tell VOA. Officials said militants detonated two suicide car bombs at a military checkpoint before heavily armed militants attacked the base early Sunday at Bulogudud town. A spokesman for the Jubbland regional administration, Abdinasir Serar, told VOA Somali more than 10 other soldiers were wounded in the dawn attack. The al-Shabab militant group claimed killing 26 government troops and seizing vehicles and weapons. There is no independent confirmation of either report. Officials said the fighting in the area lasted two hours because reinforcements sent from Kismayo were ambushed. Military sources have told VOA...
(Shabelle News 09/04/17)
Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reaffirmed the country's open door policy for refugees, highlighting the efforts made by the government in the management of the regional refugee crisis. The East African country is currently home to more than 850,000 refugees from 21 countries, with Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea making up the majority, a media report said on Saturday. Ethiopia has managed to maintain national development while managing the refugee problem, said Ethiopian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene at a meeting with Rosemary McCarney, a member of the OHCHR Executive Committee (UNHCR) and Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations. During her visit to Ethiopia last June, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi praised the efforts of...
(Xinhuanet 09/04/17)
At least 20 Al-Shabaab militants were killed and several others injured early Sunday when the insurgents raided a military base in the outskirts of Somalia's coastal city of Kismayo. Ismail Sahardid with Somalia National Army (SNA) confirmed the attack at Buulo Guduud, some 30 kilometers north of Kismayo at dawn which caused casualties on both sides. "Terrorists attacked our base in Buulo Guduud with suicide car bomb attacks, then fighting erupted causing casualties on both sides. We resisted the militants and killed 20 fighters during the operation, we are in control of the base now," Sahardid said. He did not provide the number of casualties on the SNA side and denied that the militants seized some vehicles. Al-Shabaab militants claimed...
(Bloomberg 09/04/17)
The worst may be over for Africa’s two largest economies as they likely emerged from a slump in the second quarter. Official data on Tuesday will probably show South Africa’s economy expanded in the three months through June, ending its second recession in less than a decade. Nigeria’s gross domestic product probably grew from a year earlier, and came out of its worst slump in a quarter of a century. South Africa and Nigeria together account for almost half of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP and their recoveries may boost trade and production across the region. The reasons differ: while Nigeria, the continent’s biggest oil producer, is benefiting from a rebound in crude output, stronger retail sales may help drive growth in...
(AFP (eng) 09/03/17)
More than 10 soldiers died on Sunday and several others were wounded when Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab militants stormed a base in southern Somalia, security sources said. The militants drove a truck loaded with explosives to the main entrance of the base in Bulogadud, about 70 kilometres (40 miles) from the port town of Kismayo and then attacked the soldiers. "There was an attack on the military base in Bulogadud this morning... the initial information indicates that more than 10 soldiers were killed," Abdulahi Mohamed, a senior security official, said by phone. "There was a car bomb blast and gunfire followed. The forces retreated from the base initially but they later regained control," he added. Sources in a nearby village said the...

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