At least six people have been killed and 20 others injured in an attack at the port city of Kismayo in Somalia. Authorities revealed that among the dead was the chairperson of Jubaland Chamber of Commerce, Shafi’i Rabi Kahin. The suicide bomb attack took place outside a mosque as congregants were leaving after the Friday prayers.
At least 11 people were killed and several others wounded in a gun battle in a prison in Mogadishu, Somalia after an attempted prison break. According to officials, the dead included security forces and al-Shabaab inmates. The fight between the inmates and security personnel ensued after al-Shabaab inmates received weapons secretly.
At least six prisoners were killed while six others were left nursing gunshot wounds following a prison shoot-out in Mogadishu, Somalia. The country’s authorities said there were still conflicting reports on how the detainees, all members of the al-Shabaab terrorist group, seized the firearms in the first place.
At least nine soldiers have been killed and several others wounded in a car bomb explosion at a military base in Mogadishu, Somalia. “A suicide bomber driving an explosive laden vehicle sped towards the gate of the camp but the guards opened fire to stop it before it detonated,” said a police officer, Aden Mohammed.
At least one person was killed after a suicide bomber targeted the convoy of Somalia’s army chief, Gen. Odowa Yusuf Rage, in the country’s capital, Mogadishu. It is alleged that the attacker tried to ram his vehicle into the convoy when Odowa’s bodyguards opened fire, causing the vehicle to detonate.
At least six people were killed in Somalia by a bomb explosion in the village of Hawa Abdi, located some 19 km northwest of Mogadishu. The victims were traveling aboard a minibus that accidentally hit a bomb hidden along a road that leads to the Somali capital, and which is often used by the nation’s government and security forces.
Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has succeeded in killing 12 al-Shabaab suspects Thursday and holding one alive in the Nginda area, between Korisa and Baroni, in Boni forest, Lamu County. In a message to the press, David Chesire, commander of Operation Linda Boni, said three AK47 rifles, seven used rifles, and more than 1,000 rifles were recovered.
Four people were killed and ten others injured when a car bomb exploded close to a checkpoint near Somalia’s parliament in the capital Mogadishu, police have said. “Explosives were packed in a vehicle which the security forces think was trying to pass through the checkpoint but because he could not do that, the suicide bomber detonated it,” said a police officer, Adan Abdullahi. “Initial reports we have received indicate four people were killed and more than ten others wounded in the blast,” he added.
Security was heightened in Kenya after an attack by al-Shabaab at a military base in Lamu that is usually used by US and Kenyan military personnel. A US military service member and two US contractors were killed in the attack. Two other Department of Defense personnel were injured is Sunday’s attack on Manda Bay Airfield in Lamu County. “The wounded Americans are in stable condition and being evacuated,” African Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement.
The al-Shabbab militant group has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s blast in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, a tragedy that claimed 80 people and injured dozens. The official spokesperson of the group, Ali Mohamud Rageh, also known as Ali Dhere, made the statement through the group’s official station, Radio Andalus. Ali Dhere added that the attack targeted a Turkish convoy and security officers at the city’s busy Ex-Control junction.
A United States airstrike against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab militant group killed at least four terrorists, US Command said in a statement. “In coordination with the federal government of Somalia, US Africa Command conducted three airstrikes in two locations targeting al-Shabaab militants in the vicinity of Qunyo Barrow and Caliyoow Barrow, Somalia, respectively, December 29,” AFRICOM said.
A car bomb blast on Saturday in a busy area of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, left dozens dead and injured in one of the worst attacks in the country in years. Saturday is a working day in the Muslim-dominated country, and the blast occurred during rush hour in the morning, leaving the site full of debris and burned and bloody vehicles. There is a discrepancy in the death toll, which has not yet been confirmed by the local authorities.
At least 10 people died after five gunmen attacked a hotel near the presidential palace in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. The deadly attack left the five attackers, three civilians and two soldiers dead. Eleven people were injured during the attack. “The security officers have finally accomplished the operation they have been conducting in Somali Youth League Hotel, the entire of the five attackers have been killed, and five people have been killed in the attack,” the government spokesperson, Ismail Mukhtar, tweeted early Wednesday.