Saturday 16 December 2017
(Shabelle News 09/13/17)
Heavily armed Al shabaab militants have launched a daring attack on Somalii military bases at Far Libah area in Hiran region located near Beledweyne city, 350Km north of Mogadishu. Speaking to Radio Shabelle, Far Libah area administrator, Jamal Hajji Ali has confirmed the death of one government soldier killed in the attack, while another was wounded. Ali said the Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers repelled the attack, and inflicted heavy losses on the militants during a fierce fighting at the army base in Far Libah. Al shabaab did not release its own statement, regarding to the ambush attack.
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Windhoek said that the aim of the event is to promote a holistic private sector engagement, raise a sense of ownership and accountability for heritage protection as well as transmission of World Heritage sites in Namibia and Africa. "To...
(Xinhuanet 09/12/17)
The European Union Naval Force personnel have helped train Somalia's Maritime Police Unit in Mogadishu to help strengthen the Horn of Africa nation's maritime security to help deter piracy along the coastline. The EU Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP) said on Monday the vital training which it organized, will help in enhancing local capability in maintaining maritime security. "The training included how to plan effective patrols at sea and boarding a vessel that is suspected of being involved in piracy and other illegal activity," the EU mission said in a statement released in Mogadishu. The mission said maritime training with regional partners is an extremely important aspect of the European Union's efforts to help develop the capabilities of local...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr Bayor,” AIBA said in a statement on Monday. It found Bayor had “committed serious and unacceptable violations of the AIBA Disciplinary Code” at the tournament in Congo Republic. AIBA said the ban was from all boxing activities and responsibilities and...
(AFP (eng) 09/11/17)
Somali soldiers, some of them wounded, fled across the border into Kenya during an attack by Islamic militants on the town of Bulo Hawo on Monday, security sources said. At least 12 people died when fighters from the Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab group attacked the border town, according to witnesses, while many soldiers fled westward a few kilometres to the Kenyan town of Mandera. "We have several of the soldiers from Somalia who ran to Kenya after the attack," said Mohamud Saleh, regional coordinator for north eastern Kenya. "Some are injured and have been taken to hospital." Another regional security official, who did not want to be named, said the Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers numbered "more than 100". The assault on...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
Heavy fighting erupted on Monday in the Somali border town of Balad Hawo near Kenya after Al Shabaab detonated a suicide car bomb and then stormed the military base there, the spokesman of the al Qaeda-linked group told Reuters. Al Shabaab, which wants to impose its strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia, has carried out frequent past attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere in its bid to topple the Western-backed government and drive out African Union peacekeeping troops. “First, a mujahid with a car bomb rammed into the military base and then we stormed it,” the spokesman, Abdiasis Abu Musab, said. The group also said 24 Somali soldiers were killed in the raid, but a Somali military official put the figure...
(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...

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