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Macedonia: Train kills 14 immigrants from Somalia and Afghanistan

(By Estera Popowska)
A train accident in central Macedonia has left at least 14 immigrants from Somalia and Afghanistan dead, sources close to AFP said on Friday.

According to reports, the immigrants were killed when they were hit by an international passenger train. A local prosecutor reportedly said in a statement that the train driver reported seeing several dozen people sitting on or near the track at about 10:30 pm (2030 GMT) on Thursday but was unable to stop in time.

Somali President condemns attack on a United Nations convoy in Garowe

(By Estera Popowska)
President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Monday condemned in the strongest possible terms, the attack on a United Nations convoy in Garowe, Somalia. The Somali president was speaking from Aqaba, Jordan, where he was attending a conference on eradicating terrorism in East Africa.

Press Release: UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns terrorist attack on UN in Garowe

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, expressed outrage at today’s terrorist attack that resulted in the death of four UNICEF staff and two guards. Several others were injured.

“I am shocked and horrified by what took place today in Garowe. The complete disregard for the lives of people working on the humanitarian and development needs of the people
of Somalia is despicable,” said SRSG Kay.

FBI arrests 6 Somali-American men from Minnesota in connection with terrorism

(By Estera Popowska)

In what the FBI has reportedly called the largest Minnesota operation and one of the biggest nationally, six Somali-American men from Minneapolis were arrested Sunday and charged Monday with conspiracy to support terrorism.

The Star Tribune reported Monday that the FBI agents arrested two of six suspects in San Diego, where they were planning to pick up passports and then cross into Mexico where they planned to board a flight to the Middle East. According to authorities, the other four were arrested by the FBI in Minneapolis.

Somalia: 9 killed as bomb planted in UN bus denotes in Puntland

(By Estera Popowska)
A bomb planted in a UN bus has killed at least nine people in Garowe, the capital of Puntland state on Monday, sources said.
According to a security source, five of the victims were foreign nationals, although the nationalities of the victims of the blast remain unclear.

Sources close to the UN told Garowe Online that the bomb was planted under a seat of a UNICEF bus and was detonated by remote control.
According to witnesses, the bombing occurred as the bus was entering inside the UN's FAO headquarters in Puntland capital city.

Al shabaab says it attacked police compound in the Gulf of Aden

(By Estera Popowska)
Al Shabaab has claimed its members attacked Balade police station in New Bossaso neighborhood with rocket propelled grenades, Garowe online reported Saturday.
In a statement released online, Al Shabab reportedly said at least three of their fighters were responsible for the assault which reportedly had no fatalities.

Breaking news: Somali MP shot dead at close range in Mogadishu

(By Estera Popowska)
A Somali Member of Parliament has been shot dead by unknown gunmen driving in a car on Saturday in Somali capital, Modagishu. Garowe Online and witness accounts on tweeter say the Somali lawmaker was identified as Adan Haji Hussein (Adan Yare).

The MP from Puntland was reportedly shot at close range and the killers fled away.While no group has come out to claim responsibility for the attack, Al Shabaab militants are well known for targeting government officials and foreigners in broad day light attacks.

Top UN official in Somalia condemns terrorist attack against Ministry

(By Estera Popowska)
Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay yesterday condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack against the Ministry of Culture and Higher Education in Somali capital Mogadishu that resulted in the death and injuries of civilians, members of the security forces and Government workers.