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Somali lawmaker shot dead, second in 24 hours

Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shebab said they had assassinated a lawmaker on Tuesday, the second such killing in 24 hours and the latest in a series of attacks in the war-ravaged capital of Mogadishu. Abdiaziz Isak was shot "several times and he died instantly," police officer Mohamed Dalane said, close to where the politician was killed in the city's Madina district. On Monday, a member of parliament was killed and another wounded in a car bombing also claimed by the Islamists, who have threatened to assassinate all lawmakers in the internationally-backed government.

Islamists kill second Somali lawmaker, threaten more attacks

By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist rebels shot dead a Somali lawmaker on Tuesday, a day after blowing up one of his colleagues in his car, and vowed to keep killing politicians and wreck efforts to secure the country. Al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab told Reuters the latest killing was meant to send a message to Western-backed President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who on Tuesday was due to wrap up a three-day conference on improving security in the capital.

Somali lawmaker killed by car bomb: officials

By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A Somali lawmaker was killed when a bomb planted by Islamist militants ripped through his car in the capital Mogadishu on Monday, officials said. Al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab told Reuters it set off the device to punish parliamentarians for backing foreign forces in the country - and threatened to carry out more attacks.

Somali lawmaker killed in car bomb in Mogadishu: prime minister

A Somali lawmaker was assassinated and another wounded on Monday by a car bomb in Mogadishu, the prime minister said, the latest in a series of bomb attacks in the war-ravaged capital. "Somalia has today lost a committed parliamentarian who worked tirelessly to serve the people of Somalia and help rebuild our country," Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed said in a statement, referring to slain MP Isak Mohamed. The attack comes as the government holds a security conference hoping to tackle continued attacks by Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents.

Rival Somali forces face off over flashpoint Sool zone

Armed forces from Somalia's rival northern regions faced off on Wednesday over a contested region, with both the United Nations and United States calling for calm. Troops from self-declared Somaliland in the northwest and soldiers from autonomous Puntland in the northeast have deployed around the town of Taleh, a contested zone in the northern Sool region. The two regions claim several areas in border regions including potentially valuable oil blocks, with both sides in certain cases issuing overlapping exploration licences.

Chastened by Islamists, Somalia redraws Mogadishu security plan

By Drazen Jorgic MOGADISHU (Reuters) - When Islamist militants blasted their way to within 50 meters of the Somali president's residence, they forced a sharp rethink of security in the capital Mogadishu. The deadly February 21 assault on the Villa Somalia compound was the closest al Qaeda-linked insurgents had got to President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Two Kenyans kidnapped by Somali militants in 2011 freed

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Two Kenyans kidnapped by Somali Islamists in 2011 have been found alive in Somalia, officials said. Kenyan officials said the two men were rescued by Kenyan troops who are part of the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia but al Shabaab rebels said the duo were freed in February after converting to Islam. "They are not quite with it. They're incoherent and dazed," said Willy Wesonga, the Kenyan Defence Force (KDF) spokesman.

Kenya deports Somalis, arrests hundreds in crackdown after attacks

By Humphrey Malalo NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya said on Wednesday it had deported 82 Somalis and rounded up hundreds of others without proper documents, part of a security crackdown launched after repeated attacks claimed by militants from neighboring Somalia. Police had detained 472 people in the past few days, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku told reporters at a stadium where other people were being screened to establish their identity.

Two foreign U.N. workers killed in Somalia

By Abdiqani Hassan BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) - A Briton and a Frenchman working for the United Nations were shot dead on Monday at an airport in north-central Somalia, officials said. A U.N. mission spokesman said it was not clear who was behind the killings. But one witness said the pair were attacked by a man in a police uniform while they sat in their car at Galkayo airport.

Two foreign UN workers killed in Somalia

By Abdiqani Hassan BOSASSO (Reuters) - A Briton and a Frenchman working for the United Nations were shot dead on Monday at an airport in north central Somalia, officials said. A U.N. mission spokesman said it was not clear who was behind the killings. But one witness said the pair were attacked by a man in a police uniform while they sat in their car at Galkayo airport.
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