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Fighters from the Al-Qaeda linked Al Shbaab group seized the southern Somali town of Marka after the African Union forces who controlled the town for more than three years withdrew, residents said Friday. The AU force’ withdrawal comes few hours after Somali troops abandoned their bases in the town in what officials pointed out as result of a protest against lack salary...

A blast that ripped a hole in a commercial airliner shortly after take-off from Somalia’s capital was probably caused by a bomb, aviation experts and the pilot who landed it safely said Wednesday. The plane, operated by Daallo Airlines and flying from Mogadishu to Djibouti with 74 passengers, safely made an emergency landing on Tuesday. Police said two people onboard...

A Daallo Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration SX-BHS performing flight D3-159 from Mogadishu (Somalia) to Djibouti (Djibouti) with 74 people on board, was climbing out of Mogadishu about 5 minutes into the flight when an explosion was heard. The crew stopped the climb and returned the aircraft to Mogadishu for a safe landing about 20 minutes after departure. A large...

IGAD urges Somali govt to complete Hiiraan, Middle Shabelle state formation Hiiraan Xog   Foreign ministers of the East African bloc IGAD have called for the Somali government to rapidly conclude the remaining Hiraan and Middle Shabelle state formation process despite boycott by Hiiiraan elders. Hiiraan elders opposed the conference in Jowhar, the regional capital...

Africa has threatened to withdraw from United Nations if reforms are not done in its Security Council to include African states. Outgoing African Union Chair and President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe called for immediate inclusion of two members of the African states in the decision making of issues relating to peace in the continent Hiiraan Xog Mugabe pointed out that Africa...

Multinational armed forces in Somalia were dealt another blow last week as Al-Shabab gained control of an African Union (AU) military base in el-Ade’ a town in southern Somalia. 70 soldiers were killed in the attack’ and militants took the military equipment abandoned by retreating troops. Hiiraan Xog In recent months, Al-Shabab has captured two other AU military bases....

One of Somalia’s most celebrated veteran journalists has died suddenly at a hospital in the Somali capital Tuesday, family announced. Abdi Haji Gobdon, a pioneering long-time journalist as well as a former government spokesman has died after a brief illness at Daru Shifa hospital, his brother Abukar Gobdon announced. Hiiraan Xog His work largely focused on patriotism...

One week after Somali government and regional leaders failed to agree on the model of election the country would hold this year, Somalia’s regional leaders started arriving in Mogadishu Sunday to attend the third round of talks to narrow the gap. Hiiraan Xog The latest talks in Kismayo town resulted in no breakthrough with Somali president and his delegation walked out...

Death toll from an Al-Shabab attack on a beachfront Mogadishu restaurant has risen to 25 with four wounded victims died from their wounds at the hospital in Mogadishu, sources say Friday. Somali security forces ended a siege by Al-Shabab of  a beachfront restaurant before dawn Friday after hours of intermittent gunfire and explosions that saw attackers held out troops...

Kenyan fighter’s jets have carried out fresh air strikes on militants bases in southwestern Somalia as a large-scale manhunt continues for missing soldiers following a deadly attack on an army base, officials said Monday. Hiiraan Xog The Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabab group which carried out the deadly attack on El-Adde military camp which housed Kenyan forces who are parts...

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