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Roadside bomb near Somalia's capital kills 8 civilians

May. 31, 2020 6:42 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali police officer says at least eight civilians were killed when a minibus hit a roadside bomb outside the capital on Sunday morning. Abdullahi Ahmed says the minibus hit the bomb in the Hawa Abdi area near Mogadishu. The death toll may rise because many of the surviving...

Somalia says 8 'very young' aid workers abducted, killed

May. 29, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia’s government says eight “very young” aid workers have been abducted and killed by an armed group outside the capital, Mogadishu. A statement Friday by the minister of humanitarian affairs, Hamza Said Hamza, condemned the “brutal execution” in...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks at a rally in Springfield, Mass. At a young age, Rep. Omar earned a reputation as a fighter -- a bit of a misfit who saw fighting as a way to survive and earn respect. In her new memoir being released Tuesday, May, 26, 2020. Omar provides details about her life, as she went from a refugee and immigrant to congresswoman for Minnesota. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh File)

Omar describes life as a fearless fighter in new memoir

May. 23, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's metamorphosis from refugee to the first Somali-American in Congress has been well-documented. Now, Omar is out with a new memoir that offers her own spin on her path to prominence, starting with her childhood in Mogadishu. “This is What America Looks...

In this photo taken Wednesday, May, 13, 2020, a doctor tends to a patient in a ward for coronavirus patients at the Martini Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. Years of conflict, instability and poverty have left Somalia ill-equipped to handle a health crisis like the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Years of conflict leave Somalia ill-equipped to fight virus

May. 15, 2020 3:41 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Years of conflict, instability and poverty have left Somalia ill-equipped to handle a health crisis like the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, no one really knows how many cases of COVID-19 it has. The uncertainty has led to fear, confusion and panic even after authorities have tried...

Somali women protest against the killing Friday night of at least one civilian during the overnight curfew, which is intended to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, on a street in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Saturday, April 25, 2020. A police officer in Somalia's capital has been arrested in the fatal shooting of at least one civilian while enforcing coronavirus restrictions, a fellow police officer said, sparking protests that continued Saturday with crowds of angry young men burning tires and demanding justice. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Civilian shot dead in Somalia during coronavirus enforcement

Apr. 25, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A police officer in Somalia’s capital has been arrested in the fatal shooting of at least one civilian while enforcing coronavirus restrictions, fellow officer Ahmed Muse said Saturday. The shooting Friday evening sparked protests in Mogadishu that continued Saturday with...

Residents desperate for a planned distribution of food for those suffering under Kenya's coronavirus-related movement restrictions push through a gate and create a stampede, causing police to fire tear gas and leaving several injured, at a district office in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Friday, April 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

Stampede in Kenya as slum residents surge for food aid

Apr. 10, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Thousands of people surged for food aid in a brief stampede Friday in Kenya's capital, desperate for help as coronavirus restrictions keep them from making a living. Police fired tear gas and injured several people, witnesses said. Residents of Nairobi's Kibera slum, spotting a food...

US says airstrike in Somalia kills an al-Shabab leader

Apr. 7, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. military said Tuesday it has killed a high-ranking leader of the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group with an airstrike in Somalia. A statement by the U.S. Africa Command said Yusuf Jiis was one of three extremists killed in Thursday’s airstrike near Bush Madina...