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Somalia: Puntland receives over 700 refugees from Yemen

(By Estera Popowska)
As many as 721 people refugees have arrived at Somalia’s North-eastern state of Puntland since Yemen civil war flare-up, Officials said on Wednesday. Garowe Online reported that Deputy Minister of Interior Abdullahi Haji Warsame said in the state capital of Garowe that 721 refugees including Yemenis, Ethiopians, Kenyans, Djiboutians and Somalis reached Puntland by boat over the last few days.

Somalia: Death toll hits 12 from militant attack on government ministry in Mogadishu

(By Estera Popowska)
A new press report citing security sources says at least 13 people were killed and 15 others were wounded when gunmen from the Al-Qaeda linked group in Somalia assaulted the headquarters of Somalia's higher education ministry Tuesday and briefly took a number of civil servants hostage, Garowe online reported.

Earlier, BBC citing local sources said 9 people were killed. The attack was reportedly caused by four gunmen who used a suicide car bomber an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of the ministry.

Somalia: 9 killed as militants attack education ministry in Mogadishu

(By Estera Popowska)
Nine people have been reported killed in an attack on the higher education ministry in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, BBC has reported.

Earlier, a Somali police official told AFP that the gunmen used huge explosion from a car bomb followed by heavy fighting in an ongoing attack. “A car loaded with explosives rammed the gate and there is gunfire inside the building of the ministry,” police official Mohamed Dahir said.

Somaliland: 6 prisoners killed by firing squad over murder

(By Estera Popowska)
Six prisoners, including two ex-soldiers condemned for murder were on Monday killed by a firing squad in a Somaliland jail, a news source has reported. The ex- soldiers had been sentenced by the Military tribunal, the court officials confirmed to the media.

“ One of the ex-soldiers killed a civilian in Hargeisa four years ago, while the other also killed a prominent businessman last month…. Both were found guilty,” the Chief of the military tribunal, Col Yusuf Farah said in a Press briefing.

Somalia: Gunmen attack education ministry in Mogadishu- police official

(By Estera Popowska)
A Somali police official has said gunmen attacked offices of higher education ministry in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, AFP reported. The gunmen reportedly used huge explosion from a car bomb followed by heavy fighting in an ongoing attack. “A car loaded with explosives rammed the gate and there is gunfire inside the building of the ministry,” police official Mohamed Dahir said.

Somalia: Respected Somali scholar criticizes Kenya’s decision to freeze assets

(By Estera Popowska)
A well respected Somali Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Mohamed Abdi Umal has criticized Kenya government for its decision to freeze his assets calling it ‘astonishing’, Garowe Online reported Monday.

While clearly distancing himself from allegations of maintaining links with Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group, Sheikh Umal reportedly said,“It is really wonder that Kenya has frozen my assets and accused me of giving Al Shabaab a support,” adding that he has long preached against Al Shabaab ideology.

Somalia: Puntland to contribute 3000 soldiers to Somali National Army to fight Al Shabaab

By Estera Popowska
In a bilateral agreement signed Sunday between Federal Government of Somalia and the northeastern state of Puntland, Puntland has agreed to contribute 3000 troops to Somali National Army (SNA) to help fight Al Shabaab militants who are largely in central and southern Somalia.

The a bilateral agreement was reportedly sealed after a two-day long rigorous talks in the state capital of Garowe on Sunday, Garowe Online reports.

Somalia: 15 global aid agencies urge Kenya to allow Somali money transfer

(By Bonny Apunyu)
Fifteen international aid agencies Friday urged Kenya to return Somali linked money transfer firms which were shutdown Wednesday warning that this hit the poorest hardest and jeopardies their operations.

As part of a retaliation on alleged Al-Shabaab supporters following the university massacre of about 147 people by the Islamists last week, Kenya froze key transfer companies vital for Somalia on Wednesday.

Somalia condemns Kenya’s shutting down money transfer services

(By Bonny Apunyu)
Following a move by the Kenyan government on Wednesday to freeze key transfer companies vital for Somalia, residents of Somalia's capital on Thursday reportedly condemned as "collective punishment” the actions of the East African nation, African Review reports citing AFP.

Kenya’s decision follows an attack by Somali-linked Al shabab militants last Thursday on a Kenyan University where about 147 people were killed. Kenya suspects the money transfer services have links to the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab.

Somalia: Gov't places over $ USD 1Million bounty on top Al Shabaab leaders

(By Bonny Apunyu)
Somalia’s Federal Government on Thursday placed over a million USD bounty on the heads of top Al Shabaab officials, Garowe Online reports.

According to press reports, Somali government officials initially debated a new reward for anybody who gives a tip-off to intelligence services. This was during a weekly cabinet meeting chaired by Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke and the council of ministers.