Wednesday 18 October 2017
(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...
(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)
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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 10/05/17)
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Wednesday arrived in Sudan's capital Khartoum for a two-day visit to discuss bilateral issues. "This visit comes as affirmation of the deep and strong ties between Sudan and Somalia," said Hamid Mumtaz, Sudan's state minister for foreign affairs. He further reiterated Sudan's commitment to work for achieving peace and stability in Somalia. The Somali president is expected to hold talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and First Vice-President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/03/17)
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia has received $50 million in new aid from Saudi Arabia but the gesture does not change the central government’s decision to remain neutral in Riyadh’s dispute with fellow Gulf state Qatar, a senior Somali official said on Tuesday. The money follows a visit to Riyadh last week by Somalia’s president and a string of declarations of support for the Saudi side in the Gulf crisis from Somalia’s semi-autonomous regions, into which Riyadh and its Gulf Arab allies have poured money. Somali Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman, announcing the $50 million in Saudi aid...
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Shabaab jihadists attacked a Somali army base early Friday in the southern town of Barire, killing at least eight soldiers and stealing equipment, officials and witnesses said. The assault on the Somali National Army military camp in Barire, around 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the capital Mogadishu, began with two suicide attackers detonating their car bombs before gunmen overran the base. "There was heavy fighting this morning," said Mohamed Haji Ali, a Somali military commander, confirming the attack to local media without providing details of casualties. Residents said the attack left bodies of government soldiers scattered on the ground while Shabaab fighters looted the base stealing vehicles and weapons.
(Xinhuanet 09/28/17)
Chinese Ambassador to Somalia Qian Jian on Wednesday said China will strongly support the Horn of Africa nation's peace and reconstruction process as part of the bilateral pact between the two countries. Qian said Beijing had made positive contribution to Somalia in various fields including economic and social development to assist the country in acquiring political stability. "The Chinese government has built over 80 infrastructural projects like hospitals, stadiums and roads to ease the burden of the Somali people. We...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
Somalia’s government rebuked its three semi-autonomous regions on Thursday for cutting ties with Qatar, saying it was determined to stay neutral in the Gulf nation’s dispute with other Arab states. The region of Galmudug issued a statement on Wednesday saying it stood with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in the regional row, followed similar declarations last month by the regions of Puntland and Hirshabelle. Somalia’s federal government responded by saying only it had the authority to speak on...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
Somalia reiterated on Thursday its neutrality in the Gulf diplomatic crisis between Qatar and six Arab nations. A statement issued after the Council of Ministers meeting in Mogadishu said the Horn of Africa nation will take a neutral approach with a view to solving the crisis in some of the Gulf States through diplomacy and brotherlyhood manner. The government said it has successfully implemented an excellent working relationship with federal member states that are part of the Federal Government of...
(Shabelle News 09/21/17)
Today, the council of ministers of the Federal Government of Somalia re-iterated Somalia’s decision in June 2017 towards the crisis in some of the Gulf States. Somalia takes neutral approach with a view to solve the crisis in some of the Golf States through diplomacy and brotherly-hood manner. The Federal Government of Somalia has successfully implemented an excellent working relationship with Federal member states that are part of the Federal Government of Somalia. Somali President has chaired two leaders’ forum...
(Middle East Monitor 09/20/17)
Russia plans to assist Somalia in its fight against terrorism, Somalia’s Garowe news site reported. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in a sideline meeting at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. Russia discussed the need to continue efforts to ensure the stability of Somalia’s federal government and bolster international efforts to establish peace in the country. “The Russian side expressed support to the anti-terrorism efforts of Somalia’s federal authorities and the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia”, said the Russian Foreign Ministry.
(AfricaNews 09/18/17)
Somalia’s parliament, the House of the People, has instituted a body to investigate the government’s decision to handover a Somali national to neighbouring Ethiopia. Their position was contained in a press release issued on Monday September 18, 2017 from the office of the Speaker of the House. It comprises 15 persons whose mandate is to report back on the circumstances surrounding the handover. Mogadishu’s detention and subsequent transfer of Mr. Abdikarin Sheikh Muse of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)...
(Voice of America 09/14/17)
WASHINGTON — At least 32 people have been killed in clashes across Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regions following clashes between rival ethnic Somali and Oromo forces, a former Ethiopian lawmaker said. Speaking to VOA Somali Service, Boqor Ali Omar Allale said at least 32 ethnic Somalis, including his younger brother, were killed on Monday night in Awaday, a small town between Ethiopia's most holy Muslim town of Harar and its big eastern city of Dire Dawa. "They were innocent business...
(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...
(Mareeg 08/30/17)
Somali President Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo the Somali is one family and cannot be divided in 10 Somali countries. The unity of the country must be safeguarded. The president was speaking in public at a restaurant in Lido beach, where he was socialising with Somali communities yesterday. “We do not want to separate this country, and the world does not want to separate Somalis as do not see it is their interest. He further said that “we are working to start...

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