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The president of the federal government of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud along with a delegation has returned back to the country. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud accompanied by senior Somali government officials has jetted in from Kenyan capital city of Nairobi after attending a summit in which African countries heads discussed threats emerging from terrorist groups operating in...

The Council of Ministers of the Federal Government of Somalia convened tonight for an extraordinary session chaired by Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed. The Cabinet discussed the security situation in the country and issued important resolutions on the ongoing security operations. The government has offered a 45-day amnesty window for militants who surrender...

Somali government forces backed by African Union troops in Somalia Wednesday captured the town of Jalalaqsi, which lies approximately 200 KM north of the capital, Mogadishu. Area residents said the allied forces took full control of the town without any resistance. Al Shabaab fighters reportedly withdrew from the town before Somali and AMISOM forces moved in. Jalalaqsi...

Pastoralists are using the growing reach of mobile phones to find out where they should take their cattle to get grazing and water. Mohamud Yasit Hassan, a herder in Galgadud region, said mobile phones were helping his community to make better decisions about their lives and livelihoods. “When looking for water and pasture, we used to walk for long distances and make...

El-bur district administration in central Somali region of Galgadadu has stated that al Shabaab militant fighters on Tuesday night abandoned their positions in several locations near the district. Nur Hassan Gutale, the Somali government commissioner of El-bur district told Bar-kulan that al Shabaab fighters withdrew from their positions in El-garas and El-la-halay villages...

Mogadishu (SOFO) – According to initial reports, Somalis National army Commander General Indha-qarshe was targeted in an explosion on Wednesday morning around the former Milk Factory in Mogadishu. The Commander has survived from a mine blast planted beside a road near the factory building and exploded when his vehicle was passing there. According to government officials...

Mogadishu, (SOFO) – Al-Shabab, the rebel group associated with al-Qaida has claimed the responsibility of suicide attacks at a restaurant in Djibouti that killed a Turkish national and injured several others including soldiers. The spokesman of the group said on Tuesday that his group attacked a restaurant in Djibouti city with western soldiers NATO officials....

Mogadishu (SOFO) — Somali forces in Qoryooley district of Lower Shabelle region have displayed today bodies of al-Shabab fighters including foreigners after a battle between the al-Qaida linked group and Somalis federal government forces happened in the district. A large number of Qoryooley residents gathered at the down town to view the bodies while government officials...

Hudur (SOFO) — A heavy fighting between al-Shabab and government forces backed by Ethiopian army took place in Aato district of Bakol region on Tuesday. Local residents told Somaliafocus that dozens of warring sides were killed and others including civilians wounded when al-shabab fighters attacked the district early hours on Tuesday. According to Mohamed Abdi...

Kenya’s Somali community is being scapegoated in a counter-terror operation which has seen thousands subjected to arbitrary arrest, harassment, extortion, ill-treatment, forcible relocation and expulsion, Amnesty International said today. In a new Briefing Paper Amnesty International documents a disturbing wave of serious human rights violations suffered by Kenya’s...