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Mother With Baby, 21 Others Killed in Hotel Attack

23 dead, more than 30 wounded in Mogadishu

(Newser) - A suicide truck bomb exploded outside a popular hotel in Somalia's capital on Saturday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 30, and gunfire continued as security forces pursued other attackers inside the building, police said. Two more blasts were heard, one when an attacker detonated a... More »

Hospitals See 'Unspeakable Horrors' After Somalia Bombing

Death toll is now at 276, with hundreds wounded

(Newser) - The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia's capital killed 276 people, with around 300 others injured, the country's information minister said early Monday, making it the deadliest single attack in the nation's history. In a tweet, Abdirahman Osman called the attack "barbaric" and said... More »

Nearly 200 Dead in Deadliest Attack in Somalia's History

More than 200 others were injured in Sunday's blast

(Newser) - Maryan Abdullahi's father had been preparing to fly to Somalia's capital on Sunday to attend the happiest moment in his daughter's life: her graduation day. Instead, he will bury her. On Saturday, the 22-year-old Abdullahi was making final preparations for graduation after years of medical studies when... More »

20 Reported Dead After Truck Bomb Explodes Near Hotel

The explosion rocked the capital of Somalia on Saturday

(Newser) - A huge explosion from a truck bomb killed 20 people in Somalia's capital Saturday, as shaken residents called it the most powerful blast they'd heard in years, the AP reports. The explosion appeared to target a hotel on a busy road in Hodan district of Mogadishu and at... More »

17 Killed in Mogadishu Restaurant Siege

Somalia attack started with car bomb

(Newser) - Gunmen posing as military forces were holding an unknown number of hostages inside a popular restaurant in Somalia's capital at dawn Thursday after an attack that began when a car bomb exploded at the gate, police say. The extremist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility. At least 17 people, including... More »

Somalia Capital Locked Down for Historic Election

Votes allegedly being sold for $30K each

(Newser) - Somalia holds a groundbreaking presidential election Wednesday amid a security lockdown that has closed the capital's international airport and cleared major streets. Fears of attacks by Islamic extremist group al-Shabab have limited the election to the country's legislators, who will vote at the airport, a heavily guarded former... More »

13 Killed in Massive Assault on Somalia Hotel

Attack involved twin bombs, team of fighters

(Newser) - Terror and mayhem returned to the streets of Somalia's capital Wednesday with an attack on a luxury hotel that involved a team of gunmen and at least two bombs. Police tell Reuters that at least 13 people, including civilians and security forces, were killed when militants attacked Mogadishu's... More »

Gunmen Take Guests Hostage After Blast at Somalia Hotel

Both civilians and gunmen have been reported killed.

(Newser) - Gunmen who stormed a hotel in Somalia's capital have taken an unknown number of hotel guests hostage, police said Saturday, as the attackers set up snipers on the rooftop and threw grenades. Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the latest in a series of hotel assaults in Mogadishu.... More »

Up to 14 Dead in Terrorist Attack on Somali Hotel

Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility

(Newser) - Gunmen from the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab forced their way into a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Friday, the AP reports. A suicide bomber rammed his car into the SYL hotel's entrance and gunmen entered the premises after an exchange of gunfire with hotel guards, one... More »

Pilot of Bombed Plane: Somali Security Is 'Zero'

He also hopes it will be his last bomb

(Newser) - The Serb pilot who landed a jetliner in Somalia with a large hole on its fuselage says he has never doubted that it was caused by a bomb and describes the security at Mogadishu Airport as "zero." After initially saying there was no sign of foul play, Somali... More »

Restaurant Siege Ends With More Than 20 Dead

Somali security forces say many people were rescued

(Newser) - Somalia's security forces ended a deadly siege of a beachfront restaurant in the capital, with more than 20 people killed in the attack, a police official said Friday. Security forces took control of the restaurant just before dawn, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein, speaking from the scene of the attack... More »

3 Dead as Gunmen Attack Somali Beach Restaurant

Situation is ongoing; there may be hostages

(Newser) - A suicide car bomber rammed the gates of a restaurant near a beach in Somalia's capital before gunmen fought their way into the building in an attack claimed by an Islamic extremist group that killed at least three people on Thursday, a police official said.The assailants may have... More »

Historic Somalia Visit Constrained to Airport

John Kerry becomes first secretary of state to visit African nation

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia today, becoming the first top US diplomat to ever visit the country. It marked a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Shabab and end decades of war. Kerry arrived at Mogadishu's airport shortly before noon... More »

Al-Shabab Attacks AU Base in Somalia

Gunfire, explosions heard in Mogadishu; militants targeted Christmas party

(Newser) - A Somali official says gunmen have attacked the African Union base in Mogadishu. Mohamed Abdi, a policeman at the capital's airport, which shares a fence with the AU base, said today there was an exchange of fire between the gunmen and troops. Somali terror group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for... More »

US Unleashed 'Earthquake' Strike on al-Shabab

Target may have been Somali militants' 'spiritual leader'

(Newser) - The US says it carried out an operation against Islamic extremists in Somalia yesterday, but the military hasn't released other details of the strike on the al-Shabab network. "We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," a Pentagon... More »

Militants Storm Presidential Palace in Somalia

al-Shabab has vowed to step up attacks in Mogadishu

(Newser) - Militants have stormed the presidential palace in Mogadishu, though the BBC reports that Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is not there today. A police official said the attack started when a car bomb exploded outside the presidential complex. Gunmen then entered the palace, their entry apparently made easier because many... More »

Suicide Bomber Misfires While Parking, Kills Only Himself

No one else injured in Mogadishu

(Newser) - A suicide car bomber accidentally detonated his explosives near a popular hotel in the Somali capital and managed to kill only himself, say police. The bomber appeared to have prematurely detonated his explosives-laden car today as he tried to park near the Mogadishu hotel. No others were hurt or killed... More »

US Military in Somalia for First Time Since 'Black Hawk Down'

About 2 dozen trainers, advisers in Mogadishu: Washington Post

(Newser) - It may not qualify as "boots on the ground," but the Washington Post sees it as a milestone nonetheless. It reports that the US military has sent about two dozen "trainers and advisers" to Somalia to help the fight against the al-Shabab militia , marking the first return... More »

Car Bomb Near Somalia Hotel Leaves 4 Dead

Diplomat killed; at least 15 reported injured

(Newser) - A car bombing near a pricey hotel in the Somali capital has killed at least four people and wounded 15, says a government spokesman; a hospital official put the number admitted at 22. One of those killed was top diplomat Abdulkadir Ali Dhuub, formerly acting ambassador to the UK, AFP... More »

Somalia: 9 Gunmen Killed in Court Attack

Unknown number of civilians dead in strike; al-Shabab suspected

(Newser) - Somalia's interior minister says that nine militants attacked Mogadishu's Supreme Court complex and that all have been killed. Abdikarim Hussein Guled said that six of the attackers detonated suicide vests and three others were shot and killed during today's assault on the court complex in the Somali... More »

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