Somalia

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Officials: Body of Suicide Bomber Blown Out of Plane

Bomber likely used wheelchair to get through security

(Newser) - The explosion aboard a passenger flight in Somalia on Tuesday is now believed to have been caused by a suicide bomber in a wheelchair, the Wall Street Journal reports. Officials believe the explosion blew the bomber through the side of the plane. According to the Telegraph , witnesses reported seeing a... More »

Explosion Forces Plane to Land With Hole in Side

Jet made a safe landing in Somalia

(Newser) - An explosion and fire blew a gaping hole in a commercial airliner, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Mogadishu's international airport late Tuesday, officials and witnesses say. The pilot says he thought it was a bomb, and an aviation expert who looked at photographs of the hole... 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 »

This 13-Year-Old May Be More Talented Than You

Adan Abdi's motorized inventions have won him fame

(Newser) - Maryan Hassan wasn't always so supportive of her son's obsession with crafting toy vehicles and other things from discarded items. The models cluttered the family home in the town of Buhodle in the Somali state of Puntland. But now that 13-year-old Guled Adan Abdi's motorized inventions have... More »

Seattle Muslims Say Somali Teen Was Pushed to His Death

Police call for patience during investigation into Hamza Warsame's fall off building

(Newser) - "Medics transporting a teenager with life threatening injuries to HMC after a fall of aprox 60ft from a roof on Summit Ave E," read a tweet from Seattle's fire department on Saturday, referring to 16-year-old Hamza Warsame, who died from injuries apparently sustained in that fall, the... 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 »

Kenyan Airstrikes Hit al-Shabab for College Attack

Jets target militant positions in Somalia

(Newser) - Kenya launched airstrikes against Islamic militants in Somalia following last week's extremist attack on a Kenyan college that killed 148 people, a military spokesman said today. Warplanes attacked positions of al-Shabab yesterday afternoon and this morning in the Gedo region of Somalia, said Col. David Obonyo of the Kenyan... More »

Siege at Somali Hotel Leaves at Least 17 Dead

Security forces reclaim control after attack

(Newser) - Somali troops today took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded. The gunfire has stopped and security agents have accessed the whole building, said senior police officer Capt.... More »

Pentagon: Strike Killed Mall Attack Mastermind

Death deals 'major blow' to al-Shabab

(Newser) - The Pentagon has confirmed that a US airstrike last week killed Adan Garar, a senior member of the al-Shabab extremist group who allegedly helped plan the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed 67 people. The Pentagon, calling Garar "a major threat" and saying his death dealt... More »

Former DC-Area Cabbie on Terror Most-Wanted List

Suspect's brother is fighting no-fly list in court

(Newser) - Nobody knows a city as well as a taxi driver, which is why the FBI says it is very worried about the latest addition to its most-wanted terror list. Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, is a Somali-born US citizen who was driving a cab in Washington, DC's northern Virginia suburbs... More »

Pentagon: Airstrike Targets Somali Terror Leader

Attacked aimed at al-Shabab leader in Somalia, officials say

(Newser) - A US airstrike in Somalia targeted a senior leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, the Pentagon said today. It did not identify the leader or say whether the strike was successful. In a brief written statement, the Pentagon said the airstrike took place today in the vicinity of Saakow, Somalia.... More »

Al-Shabab Leader With Price on His Head Surrenders

Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi reportedly surrenders in Somalia

(Newser) - A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said today. Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi surrendered to Somali police in the Gedo region, said the intelligence officer, who insisted on anonymity because he is not... 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 »

Kilns Recall 'Almost Criminal' US History

Utah's old charcoal kilns led to wide deforestation

(Newser) - In Utah's backcountry, you're liable to see wide stretches of open space populated by little more than old brick huts. Their purpose, once essential to the state's economic life, came to be considered "almost like a criminal activity," an expert tells the Deseret News . In... More »

Pirates Free American Held for 2 Years

Journalist Michael Scott Moore was kidnapped while researching piracy

(Newser) - A 45-year-old journalist who was kidnapped by Somali pirates more than two years ago has been freed, according to his family and a Somali official cited by CNN . Michael Scott Moore, who holds both US and German citizenship and was in Somalia researching a book on piracy, is said by... More »

Al-Shabab Militants Have New Leader After US Airstrike

Attack killed former spiritual leader Ahmed Abdi Godane

(Newser) - Somalian Islamic extremist rebels al-Shabab named Abu Ubeid Ahmed Omar to be their new leader following the killing of the previous leader by a US airstrike , said a commander of the group. The Somali militants unanimously selected Omar today at a meeting in an undisclosed location in Somalia, said rebel... 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 »

US Has Secretly Had Troops in Somalia Since 2007

Deployment was hushed up for security reasons

(Newser) - The trainers the US sent to Somalia last fall weren't really the first American troops in the country since the 1993 Black Hawk Down debacle, officials have revealed. A deployment of around 120 troops on the ground has been in place in the country since 2007 to help fight... More »

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