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Somalia: Authorities seized an important quantity of sulfuric acid destined to Shebabs

The Somali authorities announced that they had got their hands on a huge quantity of sulphuric acid. In a short message on Wednesday, the intelligence services said they had seized 79 tons. A commodity that was, according to Mogadishu, destined for the Shebab terrorist group. The smugglers have been arrested and will be brought to […]

Tensions rekindle between Kenya and Somalia

A shooting broke out between Kenyan and Somali soldiers on Saturday 26 September along their common border. A demonstration was under way to denounce the violence of Kenyan forces against Somalis. The Kenyan soldiers then opened fire to disperse the demonstrators. Sustained exchanges of fire lasted several minutes between the armed forces of the two […]

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Somalia: Shebab jihadists attack on a prominent hotel in Mogadishu killed more than ten people

Somali Shebab jihadists on Sunday 16 August launched a major attack on a prominent hotel in Mogadishu frequented by government officials, killing ten civilians and a policeman, according to an official report in the evening. It took the security forces four hours to regain control of the Elite Hotel, a Lido beach establishment frequented by […]

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Somalia: Prime Minister Khaire dismissed from office

Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire was dismissed on Saturday, July 25 after a vote of no confidence in him by members of parliament. The vote was immediately endorsed by the presidency. Khaire had been appointed prime minister in February 2017 by President Farmajo. Reasons given for his dismissal: the government’s failure to plan for […]

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Covid-19: Fifteen African countries threatened by a food crisis, FAO and WFP warned

According to a joint analysis by the World Food Program (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 15 “at-risk” African countries are threatened by a food crisis. These are the countries of the Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger), Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, […]

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Somalia: head of the defense forces survived Shebabs attack against his convoy

Shebabs carried out an attack against the head of the defense forces, General Odowaa Yusuf Rageh. In Mogadishu, his convoy was targeted by a suicide car bomb attack. The operation failed but the explosion killed between one and five people, according to sources. The general, who is known for his relentless fight against the Islamists, […]

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Somalia: Shebab attack on Turkish military training center

The Somali terrorist group on Tuesday carried out a suicide attack on the TurkSom military academy near Mogadishu, killing at least two people and injuring two others. This is the first time that the Islamist movement has targeted this site inaugurated three years ago to train future Somali soldiers. The bomber is believed to have […]

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Somalia: Women to make thirty percent of parliament members soon

The lower house has just approved a bill providing for a 30% quota for women in the Somali parliament. Although the parliament has yet to ratify the bill, it is one more step towards the feminization of politics in Somalia. It is a long-term struggle in a society that is both patriarchal and traditionalist, but […]

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Reconciliation dialogue started between Somalia and Somaliland in Djibouti

The presidents of Somalia and the former province of British Somalia that seceded in 1991, called Somaliland, met face to face for the first time on Sunday 14 June in Djibouti. Officially, it was a “consultation summit” intended, above all, to open negotiations on the conflictual relations between the two capitals. After being greeted on […]

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Ethiopia admits to have shot down ‘by error’ the Kenyan plane in Somali

Ethiopia admits that it shot down the Kenyan plane carrying humanitarian aid in south-west Somalia. The crash took place early last week and all six passengers, Kenyans and Somalis, died. The Ethiopian authorities speak of an error in a communiqué to the African Union. It was a private plane from African Express Airways. On board […]

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