Category: Somali

Somali Female Lawmaker Among Scores Killed by Suicide Bomber

MOGADISHU, Somalia—A prominent Somali female lawmaker is among at least 48 people killed in a suicide bombing that hit a polling station in rural central Somalia, police and a local official said Thursday. The attack took place late Wednesday in the town of Beledweyne, the capital of Somalia’s Hiran region. Among its victims was opposition…


Blast at Somali Restaurant Kills 15, Wounds 20

Police said at least 15 people are dead after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest at a crowded restaurant in Beledweyne, the capital of Somalia’s Hiran region, on Saturday. The dead were mostly civilians, and 20 other people were wounded, police spokesman Dini Roble Ahmed told The Associated Press by phone. The blast caused…


Somali Suicide Bomber Kills Well-Known Somali Journalist

MOGADISHU—An al-Shabaab suicide bomber in the Somali capital killed himself and a well-known Somali journalist on Saturday, al-Shabaab and the journalist’s family told Reuters. Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled, commonly known as Abdiaziz Afrika, worked with the government-owned Radio Mogadishu and covered al-Shabaab extensively. “My cousin Abdiaziz was killed by a suicide bomber immediately after he went…


Dutch Woman Brought to Virginia to Face Terrorism Charge

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—A Dutch woman charged seven years ago with raising money for the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab has been extradited to the U.S. to face trial. Farhia Hassan, 38, made an initial appearance Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria after being brought to the U.S. on Thursday on charges of conspiring to provide material…


Suicide Car Bomb Targeting Convoy in Somali Capital Kills at Least 8: Official

MOGADISHU—A suicide car bomb killed at least eight people in the Somali capital on Saturday at a street junction near the president’s palace, police said, and Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group Al-Shabaab said it was behind the attack which targeted a convoy going into the palace. Police spokesperson Abdifatah Aden Hassan told reporters at the scene of…


Ethiopia’s Somali Region Says Town Attacked, Amid New Local Flare Ups

ADDIS ABABA—The local government in Ethiopia’s Somali region said on Tuesday militia from the neighbouring region of Afar had attacked and looted a town, the latest flare-up in a local boundary dispute that adds to broader tensions in the Horn of Africa nation. Ali Bedel, spokesperson for the Somali region government, said Afar militia “massacred…


9 Killed in Hotel Attack in Somali Capital: Police

MOGADISHU—Nine people died after al-Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents stormed a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, battling security forces until the early hours of Monday, a police spokesman said. A suicide car bombing on Sunday evening was followed by a shootout between al Shabaab militants and security forces at the Hotel Afrik. “The operation is over…