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Somali Puntland worried Islamists may move its way: leader

By Richard Lough NAIROBI (Reuters) - An expected drive to purge Islamist rebels from southern Somalia risks pushing them north into an area at the tip of the Horn of Africa better known for its coastal pirates than al Shabaab insurgents. Semi-autonomous Puntland state, where one-third of Somalia's population lives, needs help from the African peacekeeping force AMISOM to secure its border with southern provinces, its regional president Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said on Wednesday.

UN extends easing of Somalia weapons embargo

The UN Security Council Wednesday extended an easing of a weapons ban in Somalia, but tightened some restrictions to ensure the arms don't end up in the hands of Islamist extremists. The council first relaxed the embargo a year ago, but kept restrictions in place for heavy weapons and for sensitive equipment. Weapons purchased throughout the past year continued to require prior notification to UN authorities.

Ugandan troops to form U.N. guard force in Somalia

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Uganda will send about 400 extra troops to Somalia to protect U.N. personnel in the capital Mogadishu, officials said on Monday. The United Nations requested a guard force last year after al Shabaab militants attacked the main U.N. compound in Mogadishu in June, killing at least 22 people.

Somalia Shebab bomb attack kills seven

Somalia's Shebab said it had carried out a car bombing that killed at least seven people in the capital Mogadishu Thursday, targeting security forces at a cafe close to the intelligence headquarters. Police said seven people had been killed, but some witnesses said they had counted eight corpses among the charred wreckage of the tea shop. Several badly wounded casualties were taken to hospital. The bombing is the latest in a a surge of attacks in the dangerous capital, where the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab is fighting to topple the internationally backed government.

Somalia Shebab bomber targeting security forces kills seven

Somalia's Shebab said it had carried out a car bombing that killed at least seven people Thursday in the capital Mogadishu, targeting security forces at a cafe close to the intelligence headquarters. Police said seven people had been killed, but some witnesses said they had counted eight corpses among the charred wreckage of the tea shop. The blast is part of a surge of attacks in the dangerous capital, where the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab is fighting to topple the internationally backed government.

Suicide car bomb kills at least 10 in Somali capital

By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - An Islamist militant suicide bomber drove a car into a Mogadishu cafe frequented by members of the security forces on Thursday, killing at least 10 people and blowing the place to bits. Al Shabaab said it had carried out the attack, which followed an assault by its fighters on the president's palace in the Somali capital last week.

Islamist group says behind car bomb in Somalia

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for a car bombing on Thursday that police said killed at least 10 people in the Somali capital Mogadishu and threatened more attacks. "We are responsible for the car bomb blast," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operations spokesman, told Reuters, saying the attack had killed 11 members of the security forces and injured 15 others.

Somali minister cautiously plans new tax regime

By Edmund Blair NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somalia has long defied the maxim that death and taxes are life's only two certainties - with years of chaos and killings but little in the way of a coherent state to collect revenues and tariffs. That could all be about to change if newly appointed finance minister Hussein Abdi Halane gets his way and manages to persuade businesses to support a new comprehensive tax system in the ravaged country.

Kenya needs better security coordination after Westgate: report

By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - A Kenyan parliamentary inquiry has called for a new body to coordinate between intelligence and security agencies after blaming poor communication and inadequate preparations for failures in handling the Westgate shopping mall attack. At least 67 people were killed in September when gunmen from the Somali militant group al Shabaab attacked a luxury shopping mall in the capital, tossing grenades, spraying shoppers with bullets and holding parts of the building for four days.

Canadian killed in Somalia deeply involved with community in Ottawa

OTTAWA - A Canadian who was killed in a terrorist attack in Somalia is being remembered for his deep ties to Ottawa's Somali community. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has confirmed that Mohamud Hersi Abdulle, a former intelligence commander and an aide to Somalia's prime minister, died in the attack Friday on the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu by nine members of the terrorist group al-Shabab. Baird issued a statement saying the Canadian citizen had returned to his native Somalia to work with the prime minister.
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