| Africatime
Wednesday 29 March 2017
(Xinhuanet 01/30/17)
Kenya's military said its soldiers have intensified both air and ground operations targeting Al-Shabaab camps in southern Somalia after the militants raided its camp in Kulbiyow on Friday, killing nine of its personnel. Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) spokesman Col. Paul Njuguna said on Saturday night that the troops operating under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) will relentlessly pursue the terrorists to ensure peace and stability of the region as well as support AMISOM in stabilizing Somalia. "Since Friday, offensive ground and air operations have been intensified targeting Al-Shabaab camps and pacification of the area has been undertaken," Njuguna said in a statement issued in Nairobi on Saturday night. Njuguna confirmed that the bodies of the dead soldiers had...
(Bloomberg 01/30/17)
An Al-Shabaab attack on a Kenyan army base on Friday claimed the lives of nine soldiers, the East African nation said, disputing the total provided by the Somali militant group. Two were officers and seven were servicemen with the Kenya Defense Forces, spokesman Paul Njuguna said in an e-mailed statement. Another 15 soldiers were injured. Al Shabaab said Friday that at least 51 soldiers died in the assault. Njuguna said more than 70 people with Al-Shabaab were also killed in the attack. In January 2016, the al-Qaeda-linked insurgents attacked a Kenyan camp near the border at El Adde and claimed 100 Kenyan soldiers were killed. The Kenyan government acknowledged fatalities, without giving its own toll. Eric Ombok
(Reuters (Eng) 01/28/17)
Al Shabaab said its fighters killed dozens of Kenyan troops when the Islamist group attacked a remote military base in Somalia on Friday, while Kenya's army said nine soldiers died and 70 militants were killed. Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Paul Njuguna said that al Shabaab's fighters had attempted to attack their base in the southern town of Kulbiyow, near the Kenyan border, but were repulsed. A spokesman for al Shabaab, which often launches attacks on troops of the African Union's AMISOM force, said its fighters killed at least 66 Kenyans at the base. The group had said earlier it lost fighters but did not give numbers. Njuguna said the attack was launched around dawn on Friday, when...
(Xinhuanet 01/28/17)
Kenya's military confirmed Friday that nine of its personnel were killed and 15 others were injured in the dawn Al-Shabaab attack in southern Somalia town of Kolbiyow. Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) spokesman Col. Paul Njuguna said over 70 Al-Shabaab militants were killed and scores were wounded in the attack which was repulsed by the soldiers operating under Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Njuguna said KDF soldiers successfully defended the military camp located in Kolbiyow, Lower Juba, following an attempted attack by Al-Shabaab terrorists. "During this engagement KDF lost two officers and seven servicemen. Fifteen KDF soldiers who were injured during the engagement have been evacuated to Defence Forces Memorial Hospital for further medical attention," he said in a statement...
(Xinhuanet 01/28/17)
The African Union (AU) has been endeavoring to ensure robust, resilient and long-lasting economic transformation of Africa through promotion of infrastructure and energy development on the continent, noted Elham Mahmood Ibrahim, AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy. Speaking at a press conference Friday ahead of the 28th AU leaders' summit here, the commissioner said the pan-African bloc has scored achievements in its flagship projects and programs on the development of energy, transport as well as in the information and communication technology (ICT) areas, which she said are the biggest priorities in Africa's infrastructure sector. In cooperation and coordination with its regional, continental, and international partners, AU has been committed to development of infrastructure on the continent, which facilitates trade, economic...
(AFP (eng) 01/27/17)
Islamist Shabaab fighters attacked a Kenyan military base in southern Somalia on Friday in the second assault by the Al-Qaeda linked group this week. The attack on the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) base at Kolbiyow, close to the Kenyan border in Somalia's Lower Juba region, began with suicide truck bombers blasting their way into the camp, followed by militants attacking from different directions. Shabaab claimed in a statement to have overrun the base, captured military vehicles and equipment and to have killed 57 Kenyan soldiers. "Fighters have taken control of the base and the overall Kolbiyow area after massacring the Kenyan infidels," the statement said.
(AL Jazeera 01/27/17)
Armed group says it killed 57 soldiers at an army base in Somalia, while Kenya says "scores" of fighters were killed. Somalia's al-Shabab group says its fighters killed dozens of Kenyan troops when they attacked a remote military base in the country's south, while Kenya's army dismissed the report and said "scores" of fighters were killed. A spokesman for the armed group, which often launches attacks on African Union troops stationed in the Horn of Africa country, said on Friday that its fighters killed at least 57 Kenyans at the base in the town of Kulbiyow a day earlier. "We are pursuing the Kenyan soldiers who ran away into the woods," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabab's military operation spokesman, told...
(Bloomberg 01/27/17)
Al-Shabaab attacked a Kenyan army base in southern Somalia on Friday and claimed at least 51 soldiers died in the assault. Fighters struck the base at Kulbiyow with rocket-propelled grenades, Mohamed Kus, a resident of the town, said by phone. Farah Ahmed, a Somali army officer, said the militants also used assault rifles. Al-Shabaab, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, has waged an insurgency in the Horn of Africa nation since 2006 in a bid to impose its version of Islamic law. While the group was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 by government and African Union forces, it continues to stage deadly gun and bomb attacks. The Islamist militants gave details of the attack in a statement on Radio Andalus,...
(Bloomberg 01/27/17)
Barclays Africa Group Ltd. was targeted by protesters who entered one of its branches on Thursday and demanded the bank pay back money from a bailout provided to a company it bought before the end of apartheid. Demonstrators linked to the youth league of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress gathered outside the branch in Durban on South Africa’s east coast, Johannesburg-based Barclays Africa said in an e-mailed response to questions. Police ensured customers and staff were protected during the incident, it said. The protests come after the leaking of a draft report compiled by South Africa’s graft ombudsman that said Barclays Africa, which traded as Absa then, may have unduly benefited from state support when it bought Bankorp in...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/26/17)
Islamist militants rammed a car bomb into the gate of a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, jumped clear and stormed inside on Wednesday, killing 28 people, government and medical officials said. Gunfire rang out as four militants burst into the Dayah Hotel, which is popular with politicians. A second explosion shook the area shortly afterwards, injuring several journalists and other people nearby. "Well-armed mujahideen (militants) attacked the hotel and now they are fighting inside the hotel," said an announcer on Andalus radio, which is linked to the al Shabaab jihadist group. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. Security forces eventually shot dead all four militants and managed to secure the building, according to Abdifatah Omar, the Mogadishu...
(Xinhuanet 01/26/17)
Adopting African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) has been named a major task for the African Union (AU) this year as the 30th session of its Executive Council opened on Wednesday. In her remarks at the opening of the meeting, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, called for member countries' commitment to meeting the first target in Agenda 2063 of commencing the CFTA by end of 2017. She underlines the need "to do what needs to be done on the free movement of persons, so that we unlock opportunities for intra-African trade, studies, business and tourism." In her remarks at the opening of the 33rd session of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee on Sunday, Dlamini-Zuma said the AU's major...
(AFP (eng) 01/25/17)
Somalia will hold its presidential election on February 8, its electoral commission said Wednesday, after months of delays in a tortuous process for the conflict-torn country. Candidates will have until January 29 to register, the commission said in a statement. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a 61-year-old former academic and activist from the Hawiye clan, is seeking re-election. The vote will come six months after it was originally set for August, following delays in the election of lawmakers because of clan disputes, fraud accusations and organisational challenges. Despite significant flaws in the election -- riddled with claims of vote buying and corruption -- it is still widely considered the most democratic voting process to take place in nearly five decades. The...
(AFP (eng) 01/25/17)
Twenty-eight people were killed Wednesday when Al-Shabaab fighters attacked a popular Mogadishu hotel, setting off two car bombs and opening fire on security guards, according to the city's main ambulance service. The attack, claimed by the Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab insurgents, began when a car loaded with explosives rammed the gate of the Dayah Hotel near the Somali parliament and state house. Security sources said at least four gunmen then entered the compound and exchanged fire with security guards, but they were shot dead before reaching the main building where guests were staying.
(AFP (eng) 01/25/17)
At least seven people were killed after two car bombs exploded outside a popular Mogadishu hotel Wednesday and gunmen forced their way inside the building and opened fire, police said. The attack, claimed by the Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab insurgent group, began when a car loaded with explosives rammed the gate of the Dayah Hotel near the Somali parliament and state house. Gunmen then stormed the hotel and exchanged fire with security guards, according to police official Ibrahim Mohammed. A second massive blast went off after ambulances and journalists had rushed to the scene, leaving at least four reporters injured, including an AFP photographer who received shrapnel wounds to his shoulder and leg. "So far we have counted about seven dead,...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/25/17)
Fighters from Somalia's al Shabaab group rammed a car bomb into the gate of a hotel in the capital Mogadishu on Wednesday and then stormed inside the building, where politicians often stay. Gunfire rang out as fighters entered Dayah Hotel and a second blast shook the area shortly afterwards, police and witnesses said. Several people were injured and taken to hospital, but there were no immediate reports of fatalities. "Well-armed mujahideen (fighters) attacked the hotel, and now they are fighting inside the hotel," according to a report by Somalia's Andalus radio, which is linked to al Shabaab. Al Shabaab, which until 2011 controlled Mogadishu and much of Somalia, often launches bomb and gun attacks in the capital, saying it wants...
(The Associated Press 01/25/17)
At least eight people were killed and 14 injured as Somali security forces ended a siege by extremist fighters who stormed a hotel in the capital, police said. Four al-Shabab attackers were also killed in the attack on Dayah hotel, which is often frequented by government officials, said Col. Mohamoud Abdi, a senior Somali police officer. Survivors described chaotic scenes in which hotel residents hid themselves under beds and others jumped out of windows of the four-story building to escape the extremist attackers. “They kicked down room doors and at some point posed themselves as rescue teams by telling those inside to come out (only) to kill them,” said Hassan Nur, a traditional Somali elder who participated in the election...
(Xinhuanet 01/25/17)
Many people are feared dead as a massive car explosion hit a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu early Wednesday, witnesses and police said. The witnesses said a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-laden vehicle at the main entrance of the Dayah Hotel and gunmen then forced their way into the hotel amid a heavy exchange of fire. "The fighting is still going on," said a witnesses who refused to be named.
(Bloomberg 01/25/17)
Taiwan’s last two African allies have no plans to switch allegiances and break ties with Taipei as Beijing tries to woo the self-ruled island’s diplomatic partners. Burkina Faso won’t cut relations with Taiwan despite people and companies with links to China offering funding in return for recognition of the One-China principle, according to Foreign Minister Alpha Barry. Swaziland said its relationship with Taiwan is based on mutual interests, not on money. “We get outrageous proposals telling us, ‘if you sign with Beijing we’ll offer you $50 billion or even more,’’’ Barry said in an interview in the capital, Ouagadougou, this month. “Taiwan is our friend and our partner. We’re happy and we see no reason to reconsider the relationship.” Competition...
(Xinhuanet 01/24/17)
At least four people were killed on Monday evening in an attack blamed on extremist group Al-Shabaab on the Somali town of Afgooye, some 30km south of the capital Mogadishu. Afgooye police commander Mohamed Amin said militants launched an attack on the town, killing four people, but police "managed to push them away." A resident Yasin Sheikhow told Xinhua there was heavy fighting in the town in the evening. "Four bodies lay in the street." The attack comes barely a week after the militants attacked the town, killing a police commander. Meanwhile, two Somali soldiers were on Monday killed in a landmine attack
(Xinhuanet 01/24/17)
At least eight people including government soldiers were killed and several others injured in a series of attacks by extremist group Al-Shabaab on the Somali town of Afgoye, some 30km south of the capital Mogadishu, police said Tuesday. An Afgoye police commander, Col. Abdi Ibrahim Shamow, said a landmine blast killed three government soldiers, a civilian and injured nine others early Tuesday. He said the injured had been rushed to a hospital in Mogadishu and that "we are in an operation in the town at moment." Local police earlier said Al-Shabaab militants attacked Afgoye on Monday evening, killing four people. A local official Abdullahi Hassan Abdi confirmed the Monday evening attack. "Al-Shabaab militants killed civilians including a famous businesswoman in...

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