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Suicide car bomb kills at least 9 in Somalia’s capital

Islamic extremists exploded a suicide car bomb and killed at least nine people, including Somalia’s former foreign minister, near the presidential palace in the capital on Wednesday, police said.


Bomb in Somalia’s capital kills 6 near police academy

A Somali police officer says a car bomb exploded near the gate of a police academy in the capital, Mogadishu, injuring six people on Thursday evening.


US airstrike in Somalia kills 35 al-Shabab extremists

The United States military says it has killed 35 fighters from the al-Shabab extremist group with an airstrike in central Somalia, not far from the Ethiopian border.


U.S. airstrike in Somalia kills 52 al-Shabab extremists

The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed 52 al-Shabab extremists in response to an attack on Somali forces.


Somalia closes underground prison amid abuse allegations

Somalia’s security minister said the government has closed an underground prison where extremist suspects and journalists have been held amid allegations of abuses against inmates.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 2:11 p.m.

At least 16 dead in pair of bombings in Somalia’s Baidoa

A suicide bomber detonated in a restaurant in the Somali town of Baidoa and another blast struck a hotel nearby, leaving at least 16 people dead and more than 30 …


Somali leader makes 1st visit to Eritrea in diplomatic thaw

Another diplomatic thaw was underway Saturday in the restless Horn of Africa region as Somalia’s president visited Eritrea for the first time and years of tensions gave way to an …


6 dead after attackers target Somalia’s presidential palace

Somali security forces shot dead three extremists wearing soldiers’ uniforms, foiling an attempted al-Shabab attack on the presidential palace that began with a car bomb exploding, police said Saturday.


UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 6:53 p.m.

At least 9 killed in attack on Somalia’s interior ministry

At least nine people were killed in an attack on Somalia’s interior ministry and security forces killed all three attackers after a two-hour gun battle inside, police said Saturday, as …


UPDATED: Sat., June 9, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

U.S. military: Soldiers wounded in Somalia treated in Kenya

Four U.S. service members who were wounded in an extremist attack in Somalia that killed one special operations soldier have been treated and released, the U.S. military said Saturday.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

1 U.S. soldier killed, 4 wounded in attack in Somalia

One U.S. special operations soldier was killed and four U.S. service members wounded in an “enemy attack” Friday in Somalia, the U.S. military said – casualties that are likely to …


At least 14 dead, several hurt in car bomb in Somali capital

At least 14 people were killed and 10 others wounded in a car bomb blast near a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, Somali officials said Thursday.


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 8:14 p.m.

Militia members accused of targeting Somalis to stand trial

Months before the 2016 general election, members of a Kansas militia group that prosecutors say came to be known as the “the Crusaders” met in an office to pick the …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 12:04 p.m.

18 dead after 2 blasts, gunfire rock Somalia’s capital

Two car bomb blasts rocked Somalia’s capital on Friday evening, followed by gunfire, police said, and an ambulance service said at least 18 people had been killed.


Suicide bomber kills 18 at Somalia police academy

An Islamic extremist suicide bomber disguised as a police officer killed at least 18 people at a police academy in Somalia’s capital on Thursday, authorities said. The Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist …


U.S. commander orders new probe into Somalia raid

The head of U.S. Africa Command has asked for an additional investigation into whether civilians were killed during a deadly August raid in Somalia involving American and Somali forces.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 4, 2017, 6:27 p.m.

Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.


Final death toll in Somalia’s worst attack is 512 people

The final death toll in October’s massive truck bombing in Somalia’s capital is 512 people, according to the committee tasked with looking into the country’s worst-ever attack.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 10:46 a.m.

U.S. attacks militants in Somalia and Libya

Reflecting stepped-up targeting of extremists in Africa, the U.S. military said airstrikes killed more than 100 militants in Somalia on Tuesday and hit Islamic State fighters in Libya days earlier.


U.S. says new airstrike in Somalia kills ‘several militants’

The U.S. military says “several militants” have been killed in an airstrike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 4, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

U.S. tells Somalia mission staffers to leave over threat

The United States has ordered all non-essential employees of its mission to Somalia to leave the capital, Mogadishu, because of “specific threat information” against them.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 11:26 a.m.

U.S. carries out 1st airstrikes against ISIS in Somalia

A Somali security official says a suspected U.S. airstrike has targeted a base run by Islamic State group-affiliated fighters in Somalia’s northern state of Puntland.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Somali police, intelligence chiefs fired after deadly attack

In the wake of a nightlong assault on a Mogadishu hotel in which 23 people were killed, Somalia’s government has fired the police and intelligence chiefs Sunday.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, 3:43 p.m.

23 dead, more than 30 wounded in Mogadishu hotel blast

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 …


‘They started to burn our houses’: Ethnic strife in Ethiopia threatens a key U.S. ally

A largely hidden war in remote areas of Ethiopia has killed hundreds of people, displaced more than 100,000 others and raised the specter of ethnic cleansing, potentially destabilizing an important …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 4:02 p.m.

Somalia’s death toll now at 358 as ‘state of war’ planned

Thousands of anguished Somalis gathered to pray Friday at the site of the country’s deadliest attack, while the toll rose again to 358 and dozens remained missing.


Thousands march over ‘Somalia’s 9/11;’ attack details emerge

Somali intelligence officials shared a detailed account of the country’s deadliest attack, while thousands marched Wednesday in Mogadishu in a show of defiance against the extremist group blamed for Saturday’s …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 3:50 p.m.

Somalia truck bombing toll over 300, scores remain missing

The death toll from a truck bombing in Somalia’s capital has risen above 300, the director of an ambulance service said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 15, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

Deadliest single attack in Somalia’s history kills 276

The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia’s capital killed at least 231 people with more than 275 injured, a senator said Sunday, making it the deadliest single attack …


Huge blast rocks Somalia’s capital; police say 20 killed

A huge explosion from a truck bomb killed 20 people in Somalia’s capital, police said Saturday, as shaken residents called it the most powerful blast they’d heard in years.