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Somali Islamists attack hotel in central region

By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali Islamist militants drove a car bomb at a hotel in a town in central Somalia that was being used by African Union and Somali military forces, a resident and the militant group said. The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab movement said its raid on Monday claimed many lives, but poor communications in that region made it difficult to verify numbers.

Car bomb targets African Union troops in Somalia

A convoy of the African Union's AMISOM force was targeted by a car bomb just outside the Somali capital on Monday, witnesses and a Somali army source said, though it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties. Contacted by AFP, a spokesman for the Shebab Islamist group said the group carried out the attack, saying it killed seven people, including three foreigners. The attack took place near a checkpoint on the road linking Mogadishu and the town of Afgoye, "where a suicide bomber rammed his car into an AMISOM convoy," witness Abdulahi Mohamed said.

Car bomb targets convoy of African Union troops in Somalia

A convoy of the African Union's AMISOM force was targeted by a car bomb just outside the Somali capital on Monday, witnesses and a Somali army source said, though it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties. "There was a heavy explosion at the Alamada area... where a suicide bomber rammed his car into an AMISOM convoy, we don't know about the casualties but I saw military ambulances rushing to the scene," witness Abdulahi Mohamed said. nur-aud/mfp/jmm

African peacekeepers retake strategic Somali towns

African peacekeepers in Somalia operating with government forces have recaptured several strategic towns in the southwest from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militia, officials said Sunday. The African Union's AMISOM force announced it had launched a widescale offensive on Thursday against the Islamist fighters in areas near the Ethiopian border. The operation comes in the wake of a surge of attacks in the Somali capital Mogadishu, where the Shebab is fighting to oust the internationally-backed government.

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.
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