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Al-Shabaab militants claim huge Mogadishu bomb attack

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:02 AM

For the first time, Al-Shabaab apologizes to the civilian victims, but says the attack was necessary in its fight against the Somali State and its foreign backers

BOMBING. Somali soldiers secure the scene at a car bombing attack site in Mogadishu, on December 28, 2019. Photo by Abdirazak Hussein Farah/AFP

Death toll in Somalia bombing climbs to 81 – gov't

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:55 PM

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, though President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed blames Islamist group Al-Shabaab

AFTERMATH. Somali soldiers secure the scene at a car bombing attack site in Mogadishu, Somalia, on December 28, 2019. Photo by Abdirazak Hussein Farah/AFP

Massive car bomb kills at least 76 in Mogadishu

Dec 28, 2019 - 4:41 PM

(UPDATED) The explosion occurred in a busy area prone to heavy traffic due to a security checkpoint and a taxation office

Mogadishu mayor dies of wounds after Shabaab attack – gov't

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman died while doctors were treating his wounds at a hospital in Doha, says a spokesman for the Somali president's office

KILLED. The mayor of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, Abdirahman Omar Osman, has died of wounds sustained in a militant bombing attack on his office last month, the government said on August 1, 2019. File photo by Stuart Price/Au-un Ist Photo/AFP

Mogadishu mayor wounded in blast at his office – official

Jul 25, 2019 - 12:23 AM

A security source, who asked not to be named, says a suicide bomber had entered a hall where top government officials were meeting and detonated the blast inside

15 killed as Shabaab bomb busy Somali restaurant

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:16 PM

(UPDATED) Security officials and witnesses report bodies strewn on the ground as plumes of smoke rose high into the air after the bomb detonated on Mogadishu's Maka Al-Mukarama road

At least 11 wounded in Somalia Al-Shabaab claimed attack

Mar 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

(UPDATED) Police say the assault began when two explosions were set off near the ministries of public works and labor

CAR BOMB. A car bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday, October 14.

Somalia orders top U.N. envoy to leave

Jan 02, 2019 - 5:24 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, is no longer welcome in Somalia and cannot operate in the country,' the foreign ministry says in a statement

UN ENVOY. In this file photo, Nicholas Haysom speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 14, 2016. File photo by Shah Marai/AFP

Death toll rises to 38 in Mogadishu bombings

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The Shabaab Islamist militant group claims the attacks, saying it was targeting the government and security services

Report finds 512 died in deadliest Somalia bombing

Dec 02, 2017 - 7:27 PM

An earlier death toll of 358 already makes the October 14 bombing the deadliest terrorist attack in Somalia's history

A picture taken on October 20, 2017 in Mogadishu shows destroyed cars on the scene of a massive truck bomb attack in which at least 276 people were killed and 300 injured on October 14 in the deadliest ever attack to hit the conflict-torn nation.  File photo by Mohamed Abdowahab

The week in photos: October 14-20, 2017

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:29 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Somalia truck bomb death toll jumps to 358 dead

Oct 21, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Several experts say the truck was probably carrying at least 500 kilos or 1,100 pounds of explosives

'DEADLIEST ATTACK.' Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed vowed on October 18, 2017 to step up the war against Al-Shabaab, as he addressed thousands at a rally in Mogadishu for the victims of the city's worst-ever bombing. Photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP

Mogadishu reels as truck bomb toll hits 137

Oct 15, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Authorities say the death toll is expected to rise further as some of the injured are seriously wounded

Men and Somalian soldiers arrive on the site to rescue victims of the explosion of a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu, on October 14, 2017. A truck bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on October 14, 2017 causing widespread devastation that left at least 20 dead, with the toll likely to rise. / AFP PHOTO / Mohamed ABDIWAHAB

At least 20 dead in 'huge' Mogadishu blast – police

Oct 14, 2017 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) Witnesses say the blast badly damaged a nearby hotel and left scenes of devastation on the busy road

CAR BOMB. A car bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday, October 14.

Shabaab restaurant assault leaves 18 dead in Mogadishu

Jun 15, 2017 - 4:25 PM

A suicide car bombing hits the Posh Treats restaurant and club followed by a shooting inside the nearby Pizza House restaurant

A woman reacts as helpers carry a stretcher with a body bag from the site of an attack at the Pizza House restaurant in Mogadishu on June 15, 2017. A suicide car bombing and assault by Shabaab militants on two neighbouring restaurants in Somalia's capital Mogadishu ended Thursday morning with 18 dead, a government spokesman said. The attack began at around 8pm (17.00GMT) on the evening of June 14 with a suicide car bombing at the Post Treats restaurant and club, after which gunmen stormed inside the nearby Pizza House restaurant. / AFP PHOTO / Mohamed ABDIWAHAB

3 killed in Mogadishu army camp attack – military

Apr 10, 2017 - 5:03 PM

UPDATED A suicide bomber disguised as a member of the military was able to enter the training camp Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Abdirahman says

28 killed in Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

Jan 25, 2017 - 5:33 PM

3rd UPDATE The attack claimed by the Al Qaeda aligned Shabaab insurgents begins when a car loaded with explosives rams the gate of the Dayah Hotel near the Somali parliament and state house

MOGADISHU HOTEL ATTACK. Residents carry an injured man wounded during a complex attack targeting Mogadishu hotel on 25 January 2017. Photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab/ AFP

6 killed in blast at Mogadishu army checkpoint – official

Dec 15, 2016 - 10:46 PM

Witnesses say the area was bustling with soldiers and civilians when the explosion occurred

Somalia hotel attack death toll rises to 15

Aug 31, 2016 - 6:34 PM

A vehicle rams through a checkpoint and is fired on by security forces before it exploded outside the SYL hotel An earlier mentions 5 killed and 28 injured

SOMALIA CAR BOMB. A member of Somalia's security services patrols the scene of a suicide car bomb blast on August 30, 2016 in Mogadishu. Photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP

11 dead in Mogadishu hotel attack claimed by Shabaab

Jun 25, 2016 - 10:14 PM

UPDATED The Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack through a statement saying that their fighters had forced their way into the hotel

Somalia Shabaab hotel attack leaves at least 10 dead

Jun 02, 2016 - 5:40 PM

UPDATED Gunmen launch an hours long assault on the Ambassador Hotel in the heart of Somalia s capital

A man runs from the scene of a terror attack at the Ambassador Hotel, after a car bomb exploded on June 1, 2016 at a top Mogadishu hotel that houses several MPs, killing several people, and followed by a gun battle. Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group was chased out of the capital Mogadishu in 2011 but remains a dangerous threat in both Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, where it carries out frequent attacks. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB

Shebab claims bomb attack on Somalia plane

Feb 13, 2016 - 11:59 PM

Shebab says the attack was retribution for the crimes committed by the coalition of Western crusaders and their intelligence agencies against the Muslims of Somalia

GAPING HOLE. A picture made available February 5, 2016, shows a damaged passenger plane at the airport of Mogadishu, Somalia, February 2, 2016. Goobjog News/EPA

4 killed in Somali shooting, car bombing

Dec 19, 2015 - 8:23 PM

UPDATED There is no immediate claim of responsibility but Somalia s Shebab insurgents have carried out a string of attacks in the capital

Somali Shebab kill 15 in education ministry attack

Apr 14, 2015 - 8:19 PM

2nd UPDATE Somalia s Al Qaeda linked Shebab militants blast their way into the higher education ministry with a car bomb before storming the building killing at least 15 people

AFTERMATH. Somali security officers take a peek through a hole on the wall caused by explosion at a government builidng that was attacked by militants from Islamist group al-Shabab in Mogadishu, Somalia, 14 April 2015. Photo by Yusuf Warsame / EPA

Death toll in Mogadishu hotel bomb attack rises to 14

Mar 28, 2015 - 6:53 PM

Somalia s ambassador to Switzerland was among the dead

DEADLY ATTACK. An injured man gestures at the scene of a car bomb attack and armed raid by Al Shebab militants on the Maka al Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu on March 27, 2015. Photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP

Dozens dead in Shebab attack on Mogadishu hotel

Feb 21, 2015 - 1:38 AM

The attack is one of the worst in recent years

Suicide attack in Somali capital ahead of Turkish president visit

Jan 22, 2015 - 10:03 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due in Mogadishu Friday in what will be a rare visit by a foreign leader Officials say the trip would go as planned

PREVIOUS ATTACK. Somali security officers gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia, 04 January 2015. Reports say a car bomb blast followed by heavy gunfire rocked the area near the international airport in Mogadishu. It is not immediately clear if there were any casualties. The country's Islamist militant group al-Shabab has in the past claimed responsibility for similar attacks. Photo by Yusuf Warsame/EPA

Somalia on high alert after Shebab leader confirmed dead

Sep 06, 2014 - 7:52 PM

The US State Department had listed Ahmed Abdi Godane as one of the world s 8 top terror fugitives

Somali security forces shut radio station, arrest 20: employee

Aug 15, 2014 - 9:22 PM

A security official describes as negative the station s reports on government efforts to disarm a powerful militia commander in Mogadishu

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Fighting in Mogadishu as troops try to disarm warlord's militia

Aug 15, 2014 - 3:52 PM

Bursts of gunfire and heavy explosions were reported before dawn with witnesses reporting at least 5 dead

Hundreds of thousands need food aid in Somali capital – UN

Jul 26, 2014 - 4:34 PM

The notice comes three years after more than 250 000 people half of them children died in the devastating 2011 famine

Shebab claim killing of Somali lawmaker

Jul 03, 2014 - 9:24 PM

Somalia s Al Qaeda linked Shebab claims responsibility for shooting dead a lawmaker and his bodyguard Thursday the latest in a surge of attacks in Mogadishu during Islam s holy month of Ramadan

ASSASSINATION. Somali MP's pray over the body of slain Somali lawmaker Ahmed Mohamud Hayd during his funeral June 3, 2014 in Mogadishu. Photo by Mohamad Abdiwahab / AFP

Car bomb blast in Somali capital

Mar 15, 2014 - 8:31 PM

A car bomb blast near a hotel in Somali capital injures at least one person

Somalia's Shebab in major suicide attack on presidential palace

Feb 21, 2014 - 10:52 PM

Somalia s Al Qaeda linked Shebab rebels launches a major suicide attack Friday against the presidential palace killing officials and guards before dying in a fierce gunbattle

PALACE ATTACK. A soldier stands next to the bodies of seven Al Shebab rebels in front the presidential palace on February 21, 2014 in Mogadishu. Photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP

More than 70 killed in warlords' battle for Somali port

Jul 05, 2013 - 5:21 PM

The fierce fighting affects humanitarian work in the region