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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 »

Gunmen Storm Somali Court

Blasts heard as militants force their way in; al-Shabab suspected

(Newser) - Witnesses in Somalia say that gunmen stormed the capital's main court complex, firing guns and detonating two blasts. One man, who was near the court when the attack happened this morning, said that armed men forced their way inside and immediately set off an explosion. A government spokesman confirmed... More »

Woman Claims Rape— and Somalia Charges Her

Government accuses her of trying to discredit it, profit

(Newser) - Today's tale of alleged injustice comes out of Somalia, where a human rights group says that a woman who reported being raped by security forces was herself charged by the government. Her crime? Simulating a criminal offense and making a false accusation, among other charges; those two carry a... More »

Gunmen Kill Somali Man, 100 Arrested

Ahmed Nure Awdiini was a prominent businessman

(Newser) - It's not the kind of math you see every day: A prominent Somali businessman was assassinated in Mogadishu, and more than 100 people have subsequently been arrested for questioning, reports the BBC . Gunmen reportedly fired at Ahmed Nure Awdiini outside his office, striking him in the chest. Awdiini led... More »

Somalia Inaugurates New President

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud sworn in days after assassination attempt

(Newser) - Somalia's new leader was inaugurated today amid tight security in the capital, Mogadishu, four days after President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud survived an assassination attempt . Mohamud, a teacher and activist, won the election last week against outgoing President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed by the legislative vote of 190 to 79.... More »

Somalia's Olympic Head Killed in Blast

At least 10 dead, dozens wounded

(Newser) - At least 10 people, including the presidents of Somalia's Olympic committee and the country's soccer federation, were killed in a blast at the national theater in Mogadishu today. The suicide blast occurred during a ceremony at the theater, which was closed as Somalia's civil war began and... More »

Worst 10 Travel Destinations

Steer clear of these dangerous locales

(Newser) - If you're jonesing for a trip on the wild side, well, you'd probably still better steer clear of the 10 worst places in the world. rounds up these impoverished and war-stricken locales, and advises avoiding them in 2012:
  • Harare, Zimbabwe: This city spiraled into turmoil when
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2 Doctors Without Borders Workers Shot in Somalia

At least one killed: report

(Newser) - At least two Doctors Without Borders workers were shot at the aid group's office in the Somali capital today, and at least one person was killed. An employee of the group lost his job yesterday, and came back today to carry out the attack, according to another employee. The... More »

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