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Somalia Asks for Doctors After Bombings

At least 100 were killed, president says, in extremist group's attack

(Newser) - Somalia’s president says that at least 100 people were killed in two car bombings Saturday at a busy junction in the capital in the country's deadliest attack since a truck bombing at the same spot five years ago killed more than 500. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, at the...

Brazen Hotel Attack May Signal Dangerous New Phase

Al-Shabab stormed Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu after new president warns of crackdown

(Newser) - Somali authorities on Sunday ended a deadly attack in which 21 people were killed and dozens more wounded when gunmen stormed a hotel in the capital, per the AP . It took Somali forces more than 30 hours to contain the fighters who had stormed Mogadishu's Hayat Hotel on Friday...

Troops Fight al-Shabab at Hotel
Militant Attack on Hotel Kills 20

Militant Attack on Hotel Kills 20

Troops fight al-Shabab militants in Mogadishu gunbattle

(Newser) - Islamic militants have stormed a hotel in Somalia's capital, engaging in an hours-long exchange of fire with the security forces that left at least 20 people dead, according to police and witnesses. In addition, at least 40 people were wounded in the late Friday night attack, and security forces...

At Least 20 Dead After Car Bombing in Somali Capital

Vehicle with explosives crashed into popular restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia

(Newser) - The death toll has risen to at least 20 after a vehicle packed with explosives rammed into a popular restaurant in Somalia's capital on Friday night, with 30 wounded. The Somali National News Agency cited the Aamin ambulance service for the death toll. The Luul Yamani restaurant also was...

Horrific Truck Bomb Kills 78
Horrific Truck Bomb Kills 78

Horrific Truck Bomb Kills 78

At least 125 are wounded in Mogadishu

(Newser) - A truck bomb exploded at a busy security checkpoint in Somalia's capital Saturday morning, killing at least 78 people including many students, authorities said. It was the worst attack in Mogadishu in more than two years, and witnesses said the force of the blast reminded them of the city'...

Mother With Baby, 21 Others Killed in Hotel Attack

23 dead, more than 30 wounded in Mogadishu

(Newser) - 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 pursued other attackers inside the building, police said. Two more blasts were heard, one when an attacker detonated a...

Hospitals See 'Unspeakable Horrors' After Somalia Bombing

Death toll is now at 276, with hundreds wounded

(Newser) - The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia's capital killed 276 people, with around 300 others injured, the country's information minister said early Monday, making it the deadliest single attack in the nation's history. In a tweet, Abdirahman Osman called the attack "barbaric" and said...

Nearly 200 Dead in Deadliest Attack in Somalia's History

More than 200 others were injured in Sunday's blast

(Newser) - Maryan Abdullahi's father had been preparing to fly to Somalia's capital on Sunday to attend the happiest moment in his daughter's life: her graduation day. Instead, he will bury her. On Saturday, the 22-year-old Abdullahi was making final preparations for graduation after years of medical studies when...

20 Reported Dead After Truck Bomb Explodes Near Hotel

The explosion rocked the capital of Somalia on Saturday

(Newser) - A huge explosion from a truck bomb killed 20 people in Somalia's capital Saturday, as shaken residents called it the most powerful blast they'd heard in years, the AP reports. The explosion appeared to target a hotel on a busy road in Hodan district of Mogadishu and at...

17 Killed in Mogadishu Restaurant Siege

Somalia attack started with car bomb

(Newser) - Gunmen posing as military forces were holding an unknown number of hostages inside a popular restaurant in Somalia's capital at dawn Thursday after an attack that began when a car bomb exploded at the gate, police say. The extremist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility. At least 17 people, including...

Somalia Capital Locked Down for Historic Election

Votes allegedly being sold for $30K each

(Newser) - Somalia holds a groundbreaking presidential election Wednesday amid a security lockdown that has closed the capital's international airport and cleared major streets. Fears of attacks by Islamic extremist group al-Shabab have limited the election to the country's legislators, who will vote at the airport, a heavily guarded former...

13 Killed in Massive Assault on Somalia Hotel

Attack involved twin bombs, team of fighters

(Newser) - Terror and mayhem returned to the streets of Somalia's capital Wednesday with an attack on a luxury hotel that involved a team of gunmen and at least two bombs. Police tell Reuters that at least 13 people, including civilians and security forces, were killed when militants attacked Mogadishu's...

Gunmen Take Guests Hostage After Blast at Somalia Hotel

Both civilians and gunmen have been reported killed.

(Newser) - Gunmen who stormed a hotel in Somalia's capital have taken an unknown number of hotel guests hostage, police said Saturday, as the attackers set up snipers on the rooftop and threw grenades. Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the latest in a series of hotel assaults in Mogadishu....

Up to 14 Dead in Terrorist Attack on Somali Hotel

Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility

(Newser) - Gunmen from the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab forced their way into a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Friday, the AP reports. A suicide bomber rammed his car into the SYL hotel's entrance and gunmen entered the premises after an exchange of gunfire with hotel guards, one...

Pilot of Bombed Plane: Somali Security Is 'Zero'

He also hopes it will be his last bomb

(Newser) - The Serb pilot who landed a jetliner in Somalia with a large hole on its fuselage says he has never doubted that it was caused by a bomb and describes the security at Mogadishu Airport as "zero." After initially saying there was no sign of foul play, Somali...

Restaurant Siege Ends With More Than 20 Dead

Somali security forces say many people were rescued

(Newser) - Somalia's security forces ended a deadly siege of a beachfront restaurant in the capital, with more than 20 people killed in the attack, a police official said Friday. Security forces took control of the restaurant just before dawn, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein, speaking from the scene of the attack...

3 Dead as Gunmen Attack Somali Beach Restaurant

Situation is ongoing; there may be hostages

(Newser) - A suicide car bomber rammed the gates of a restaurant near a beach in Somalia's capital before gunmen fought their way into the building in an attack claimed by an Islamic extremist group that killed at least three people on Thursday, a police official said.The assailants may have...

Historic Somalia Visit Constrained to Airport

John Kerry becomes first secretary of state to visit African nation

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia today, becoming the first top US diplomat to ever visit the country. It marked a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Shabab and end decades of war. Kerry arrived at Mogadishu's airport shortly before noon...

Al-Shabab Attacks AU Base in Somalia

Gunfire, explosions heard in Mogadishu; militants targeted Christmas party

(Newser) - A Somali official says gunmen have attacked the African Union base in Mogadishu. Mohamed Abdi, a policeman at the capital's airport, which shares a fence with the AU base, said today there was an exchange of fire between the gunmen and troops. Somali terror group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for...

US Unleashed 'Earthquake' Strike on al-Shabab

Target may have been Somali militants' 'spiritual leader'

(Newser) - The US says it carried out an operation against Islamic extremists in Somalia yesterday, but the military hasn't released other details of the strike on the al-Shabab network. "We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," a Pentagon...

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