Sunday 22 April 2018
(Reuters (Eng) 10/18/17)
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Thousands of Somalis demonstrated on Wednesday against those behind bombings that killed more than 300 people, defying police who opened fire to keep them away from the site where their loved-ones were killed. The twin blasts in the heart of Mogadishu on Saturday also injured more than 400 in what were the country’s deadliest truck bombings. Police initially opened fire to prevent people from accessing the rubble-strewn scene of the attack, injuring at least two people, the emergency response service said. But, overwhelmed by the number of people, they eventually let thousands of protesters gather at the site. Residents said they had never seen such a big protest in the city. “We are demonstrating against the terrorists...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed his sorrow over the worst bombing in Somalia's history, a deadly truck attack that left at least 276 people dead in Mogadishu at the weekend. "I pray for the conversion of the violent and send my encouragement to all those who, in the face of enormous difficulties, work for peace in this martyred country," Francis said at his weekly audience in St Peter's square. No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which was widely seen as likely being the work of the Shabaab, an insurgent Islamist group aligned with Al-Qaeda. The pope had earlier told delegates to an interfaith conference at the Vatican that "those who engage in acts of violence, or try to justify...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
Rent-a-room giant Airbnb said Tuesday that it had provided accommodation for 1.2 million visitors to Africa over the last year -- double the previous year as tourism expands across the continent. The website now offers more than 100,000 accommodation options in Africa, global public affairs director Chris Lehane said on a visit to Johannesburg. "It's an incredibly rich and diverse continent, an incredibly dynamic place, certainly a big part of our future," Lehane told AFP. Airbnb was founded in 2008 and offers accommodation ranging from single bedrooms to whole homes in 65,000 cities in 191 countries. The company announced Tuesday that it would invest $1 million (850,000 euros) in Africa by 2020 to "promote and support community-led tourism projects". "For...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Somalia's allies sent planes carrying medical supplies and doctors Tuesday, while the diaspora rallied to donate blood to help the country cope with the crushing aftermath of its worst ever bombing. At least 276 people were killed and 300 injured on Saturday when a truck packed with explosives blew up in a busy commercial district, according to the government, however medical sources suggest the death toll could be over 300. The disaster quickly overwhelmed the fragile health system of a country which has experienced nearly three decades of civil war and anarchy and is heavily dependent on foreign aid.
(Reuters (Eng) 10/17/17)
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - When Somalia’s deadliest truck bomb exploded on Saturday, Abdi Ali Ibrahim raced to the smoking crater just meters from where his beloved sister Asha had a small business selling fuel. The truck had detonated next to a fuel tanker causing a huge fireball and the road was strewn with body parts. Hopeful that Asha, a pregnant mother-of-two, may have been injured and taken away by ambulance, Ibrahim embarked on a frantic round of Mogadishu’s hospitals, starting with the biggest, Madina. “I found many dead bodies, injured ones, body parts and burned bodies that were horribly shrunken. She was not there,” he told Reuters as he sat hunched on a bench. For two days Ibrahim clung to the...
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday sent condolences to his Somali counterpart, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, over the deadly truck bombing in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. In a message of condolences, Xi said he was shocked to learn the bombing that had caused heavy casualties. On behalf of the Chinese government and people as well as in his own name, Xi mourned the dead, extended heartfelt sympathy to the injured and the bereaved families and wished the injured a quick recovery. At least 276 people were killed and more than 300 others injured in the bombing that happened on Saturday in a shopping area of Mogadishu, making it the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history.
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
Somalia on Monday appealed to the international community to provide assistance to enable the government to respond to the crisis following bomb attack in Mogadishu on Saturday, which has so far claimed more than 276 lives. The ministry of humanitarian affairs and disaster management said the government has appointed a team of ministers to coordinate and oversee the overall response to the national crisis. The ministry said a government-led National Emergency Operations Center has also been activated in line with the national disaster management policy to help respond to the crisis.
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
The horrific bombing of a busy street in Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday that has so far claimed 276 lives has shaken the entire world while reigniting fresh debate on the evolving face of terror, analysts said on Monday. Mogadishu became an epicenter of bloodbath when a truck laden with bombs exploded at a street in the central business district lined with government buildings, hotels, restaurants and kiosks. The impact of the explosion was felt within a 2 kilometer radius and triggered unprecedented chaos and pandemonium in the Somali capital that was slowly coming back to life after devastations caused by two decades of civil strife. So far no group has claimed responsibility for the bomb blast though it...
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
At least 276 people have been killed and more than 300 others injured following Saturday's twin bomb attacks in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, a government official confirmed Monday. Information Minister Abdirahman Osman, who termed the massive bomb attack as "barbaric", said some countries have already pledged support, adding that emergency services such as hospitals have been overwhelmed by people seeking medical support. "The death toll rises to 276 as of now and around 300 were injured as a result of Saturday's barbaric attack by terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, at KM5 junction in Mogadishu," Osman said in a tweet. A massive car bomb was detonated outside the entrance to a hotel in the city's KM5 junction, the home to government offices,...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. "This forum is not a parliament, it is just a discussion platform that does not have any legislative powers. This institution is still wobbly," said Floyd Shivambu, a parliamentarian from South Africa. "As it is, it is a waste of...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
Tears streamed down Abduweli Osman's cheeks as he stood in the sticky heat outside a Mogadishu hospital, his last stop in the search for his brother who he now believed was dead. The last he and his family heard, Abdukadir Ahmed had decided to pass by a popular commercial district in the Somali capital on Saturday known as KM5, before heading home. But he never arrived. Instead, there came news that the area had been flattened by a truck bomb. In addition to inflicting a toll that would rise to 276 dead and 300 injured, the blast destroyed some 20 buildings, including a hotel, restaurant and pharmacy, and incinerated the stores of street vendors selling fruit and jerricans of fuel...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
At least 276 people have been killed and 300 injured by a massive truck bomb that tore through a busy shopping district of Mogadishu, the government said Monday, making it the deadliest attack ever to hit conflict torn Somalia. Desperate residents of the capital searched for news of missing relatives after the monster explosion on Saturday afternoon destroyed several nearby buildings, leaving victims burned beyond recognition. "Somalia Federal government confirmed that 276 people were killed in the blast... and 300 wounded were admitted at the different hospitals in Mogadishu," the country's ministry of information said. "There is still a national rescue operation" under way, the ministry said in a statement, adding that there would be "national mourning and prayers for...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/16/17)
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - More than 300 people died after twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, an official said on Monday, as locals packed hospitals in search of friends and relatives caught up in Somalia’s deadliest attack in a decade. The death toll has steadily risen since Saturday, when the blasts - for which no organization had claimed responsibility by Monday morning - struck at two busy junctions in the heart of the city. “We have confirmed 300 people died in the blast. The death toll will still be higher because some people are still missing,” Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of the city’s ambulance service, told Reuters on Monday. Aden Nur, a doctor at the city’s Madina hospital, said they had recorded...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, condemned in the strongest terms the attack that killed on Sunday scores of innocent civilians and wounded many more in Mogadishu The Chairperson of the Commission expressed the AU’s heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery to the injured, the Chairperson said in statement on Sunday. He conveyed the AU’s solidarity with the government and people of Somalia, at this particularly challenging situation. The Chairperson of the Commission called on Somalia's leadership to show renewed unity at this critical time and overcome divisions, to rebuild cohesion at all levels of the federal institutions. Such cohesion is a prerequisite for fulfilling...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Dakar (Senegal) - The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration. AfDB President Adesina will receive the 2017 World Food Prize on Thursday October 19, announced a press release issued by the AfDB on October 16, which also said “the prize is to agriculture what the Nobel Prize is to peace, science and literature.” The World...
(AFP (eng) 10/15/17)
The death toll from Saturday's truck bombing in a shopping district in the Somali capital Mogadishu surged to at least 137 with 300 people injured, police said on Sunday. "We are getting different numbers in terms of the casualty from the medical centres, but we have confirmed so far 137 (dead), most of them burned beyond recognition, police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP. "The death toll could be higher because there are more than 300 wounded, some of them seriously." The blast struck on Saturday afternoon at a busy road junction, reducing buildings to heaps of rubble and leaving vehicles in flames.
(AFP (eng) 10/14/17)
A truck bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday causing widespread devastation that left at least 20 dead, with the toll likely to rise. "Initial reports from emergency departments indicate more than 20 bodies picked up off the street and many more are under the wreckage of buildings destroyed by the blast", said Ibrahim Mohamed, a senior police officer. Government security official Mohamed Aden said that bombing took place in a busy part of the city. "There was a huge blast caused by a truck loaded with explosives. It went off at the entrance of a hotel alongside the K5 intersection," he said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Somalia's defence minister and army chief have both resigned, without explaining why, in a potential blow to the government's fight against Shabaab Islamist militants. The resignations come as Somali security forces struggle to contain attacks by the al-Qaeda-linked group. Defence Minister Abdirashid Abdullahi confirmed his resignation to AFP on Friday, but would not be drawn on the reasons behind his decision. The prime minister's office announced the resignation of Abdullahi and army chief Ahmed Mohamed Jimale Irfid on Thursday. Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, widely known by his nickname Farmajo, appointed Irfid in April as he declared a fresh war on the Shabaab. The militants emerged out of a bitter insurgency fighting Ethiopia, whose troops entered Somalia in a US-backed...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/12/17)
MOGADISHU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Somalia’s Raqayle village, life under al Shabaab Islamists can be brutal, with public beheadings, and bizarre - with edicts about wearing socks - but locals feel safer than when the government controlled the area and violently ousted them. More than 70 villagers fled to nearby Afgoye town in 2014 when a dozen government soldiers and policemen forced them off a 128-acre farm, which was claimed by an exile returning from Britain. “They were just terrorizing us,” said one villager, Hodan, describing how the man from the diaspora sped in with cars full of armed men who smashed in doors with their rifles, looted water pumps and filled a well with sand and debris. “My...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
A Somali man who tortured dozens of his compatriots and other migrants in a Libyan camp was sentenced to life in prison by an Italian court on Tuesday. Osman Matammud, 22, was convicted of murder and multiple counts of torture on the basis of testimony from migrants after he was recognised by chance outside a migrant centre in Milan. Matammud, who tried to pass himself off as a regular asylum seeker, was arrested in September 2016 after being reported to authorities for using torture to extort money from migrants in a transit camp in Bani Walid, a town in the Libyan desert. Migrants from sub-Saharan Africa often spend time in such camps while waiting for their families to pay more...

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