The situation in Somalia is very worrying. This is the assessment of Dominic Begone, a United Nations expert on food and agricultural economics. The political crisis in Somalia has worsened the situation. Much of the agricultural land in Somalia has been destroyed by locusts.
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.
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.
At least 76 people have died, and many others have been injured, after a massive car blast in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. However, the death toll is toll expected to rise. “The number of casualties we have confirmed is 76 dead and 70 wounded, it could still be higher,” the director of the private Aamin Ambulance Service, Abdulkadir Abdirahman, told AFP.
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.
This is a significant decline from the last few weeks. There were no major attacks out of Afghanistan, which had been a hot spot right up until the peace road map was signed.
The worst attack occurred in Kismayo, Somalia where 26 were killed and 56 were injured. A suicide car bomb exploded at the base of the Asasey hotel in the southern port city while a presidential candidate was meeting with local elders. Timed just seconds behind the explosion, three heavily armed gunman entered the Hotel killing 26 including American and a UK citizen. A gun battle ensued for 14 hours before armed security were able to retake control of the hotel.
At least 26 people, including a prominent journalist in Canada and several foreigners, were killed in an attack on a hotel in southern Somalia. A suicide bomber drove a car containing explosives at the Asasey Hotel in Kismayo Port, and then snipers attacked the building. Journalist Hodan Naleyah and her husband are believed to be among the dead.