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Kenya’s security officers are interrogating two key suspects over recent terror incidents in Mandera and Garissa counties in northeast region in the past two weeks. Regional government official Mohamud Saleh said the suspects are being probed by a multi-agency security team from the police, army and the intelligence. Saleh did not reveal details on when and where...

At least two people were reported to have been killed, and several others wounded in a renewed inter-clan fighting in central Somalia on Thursday morning. The fighting broke out between two armed clan militiamen hailing from the rival Puntland and Galmudug states at Balli-Busle area, located east of Mudug region, according to the reports. The tension has been simmering...

Series fighting in Lower Shabelle region has forced families to flee from their villages as al-Shabaab continue to launch lethal attacks on military bases. Dozens of al-Shabaab fighters have attacked several fronts in No 50 and Muuri areas where Somali troops have been trying to advance their war against Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Lower Shabelle region, sources said. There...

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of Somalia arrived in Doha Wednesday on a working visit to the State of Qatar. Upon arrival at Hamad International Airport, the Somali president and his accompanying delegation were greeted by HE the Minister of Development Planning and Statistics Dr Saleh Mohamed Salem al-Nabit, Acting Chargé d’Affaires of the Qatari embassy in Somalia...

There is renewed hope for the peace process in Somalia, said U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis following a recent British-sponsored conference on Somalia in London. Secretary Mattis told reporters that he had a productive meeting with Somali President Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed. The United States, he said, has a role to play in Somalia, and in helping that nation defeat...

Somalia is undergoing a historic process of change, moving towards peace following decades of violent conflict. The Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA) along with the Speakers of the National Federal Parliament last Friday introduced to international partners in Nairobi a master plan for the review of Somalia’s Provisional Constitution (2012). Extensive consultations...

A football coach, Yusuf Ali Heydar has been killed in an accidental gunfire in Somalia and two players injured. Ali Heydar who was the assistant coach of Bariga Dhexe FC was killed when soldiers opened fire on a car he and his players were travelling in on Monday, May 22. According to reports, soldiers opened fire on the private car after the driver disobeyed orders to...

A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber has blown himself up at a military checkpoint in northern Somalia’s semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing at least four people. Col. Ahmed Hussein says the bomber approached soldiers at a checkpoint Tuesday and detonated explosives strapped to his waist in Bossaso, the region’s commercial hub. Hussein says two...

The World Health Organization with the Federal Government of Somalia and UNICEF launched a preventative measles vaccination campaign yesterday targeting 125 000 children aged 6 to 59 months from communities of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Banadir and Afgoye. The campaign was launched by the Deputy Mayor of Mogadishu, Director-General for Federal Ministry...

With  winter temperatures as low as minus 50°C, Minnesota may not seem to be the most obvious destination for Somali immigrants to the United States. Yet the city of Minneapolis now vies with London and Toronto to be the leading location for the world’s Somali diaspora. After the first groups of Somali refugees were sent to this state by the US government in the 1990s,...