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Bomb kills 13, injures over 40 people in Somali Capital Mogadishu

A bomb explosion hit a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 40 others, BBC reported Sunday evening adding that a lorry was used to attack the Jazeera Palace Hotel near the airport.

According to a BBC correspondent in Mogadishu, the attack one of the worst scenes of destruction he has witnessed in Mogadishu.

Sources say Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack. The al-Qaeda linked group said it was responding to assaults by an African Union force and the Somali government.

Suspected U.S drone kills 30 Al Shabab militants in southern Somalia

A drone strike, believed to be of U.S origin, in southern Somalia has killed 30 members of the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab, including several top leaders, Kenyan officials said Thursday according to VOA.

Sources however say the U.S. military has not commented on media reports that a U.S. drone carried out the attack late Wednesday near the town of Bardere in the Gedo region. According to VOA, the slain al-Shabab leaders included Jama Dere and Ismael Jabhad, said Mwanda Njoka, spokesman for Kenya’s ministry of interior and coordination of national government.

U.S condemns al-Shabab attacks in Somali capital Mogadishu

A U.S. State Department statement has said U.S strongly condemns the recent al-Shabab attack on two hotels and an African Union force position in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

VOA says at least 16 people were killed in the attacks on the Weheliye and Siyad hotels on Friday; adding that mortar rounds were also fired Friday at Mogadishu's former football stadium, which now serves as a key AU base. No casualties were reported in that attack.

Somalia: Security agent killed as Al shabab attacks national intelligence agency

(Bonny Apunyu)

A security agent was killed and two others injured after Al-Shabab militants in Somalia attacked a national intelligence agency compound in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

VOA reported Sunday that the raid on the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) base Sunday in Mogadishu started with a suicide car bombing. Somalia’s NISA reportedly  said in a statement "The attack was successfully thwarted by our forces. None of our buildings nor bases were entered."

Somalia: al-Shabab launches major attack in capital Mogadishu

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Al-Shabab militants have  launched a major attack in Somali capital Mogadishu, BBC reported that a suicide bomb exploded near the national intelligence headquarters on Sunday morning.

According to reports, Somali government officials say that they have "foiled the attack" and four militants are dead. BBC says Al-Shabab militants have vowed to intensify attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Wednesday.

4 Somali government soldiers killed in Al-Shabaab attack in Gedo region

(By Bonny Apunyu)

At least 4 government soldiers died and six others injured in an attack by Al-Shabaab on Thursday in southwest Somalia's Gedo region, Xinhua reported Friday.

Militants from the Al-Shabaab attacked military positions of government forces in the region's Ged-Wayn district, local official Ashor Geasey told Xinhua  adding that "We have managed to inflict heavy casualties among the attackers in the fighting which lasted several hours; we did not know the number of their dead."

Canada: Police arrests Somali national for alleged role in 2008 kidnapping of foreign journalists

(By Bonny Apunyu)

A Somali national, Ali Omar Ader was on Thursday arrested by Canadian Police for his alleged role in a 2008 hostage-taking in Somalia of two freelance journalists, police announced on Friday.

According to Reuters, Canadian police said the Somali national’s involvement was as a negotiator during the 15 months the journalists- Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan -were in captivity.

Somalia: 20 killed, 40 others wounded in conflicts near Ethiopian border

(By Estera Popowska)

Fighting between forces from the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia and pastoralists has left at least 20 people dead and more than 40 injured in small villages close to the Somalia and Ethiopian border, an official has said.

According to Horseed Media,  Hussein Ali Wehelie, the governor of Galgadud region of Somalia, told local media outlets that the fighting has been going on since Tuesday in an area near to the border that separates both countries.

Al-Shabaab leader wanted by U.S dies in Somalia

(By Estera Popowska)

Sheikh Hassan Turki (also known as Hassan Abillahi Hersi Turki), an Al-Shabaab leader wanted by the United States has died in Somalia, the Somali-based militant group announced Thursday according to CNN.

A radio channel for Al-Shabaab reportedly carried a message that Sheikh Hassan died Wednesday without mentioning the circumstances of his death.