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Cargo plane crashes at airport in Somalia's capital, 3 hurt

Sep. 19, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A cargo plane crashed Saturday morning at the international airport in Somalia's capital, and the country's transport minister said three of the four crew members on board were injured. Photos from the scene showed the plane's cockpit crushed against a concrete barrier just steps...

Suicide bomber kills 2, wounds 6 outside mosque in Somalia

Sep. 11, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in the southern port city of Kismayo as Friday prayers ended, killing two people. Sahal Nur told The Associated Press that the bomber detonated his explosives belt near the gate of the mosque as worshippers were...

Suicide bomber kills 3, including child, in Somali capital

Sep. 9, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali official says a suicide bomber killed at least three civilians, including a young boy, at a restaurant in Somalia's capital Wednesday evening. Ismail Mukhtar, spokesman for Somalia’s information ministry, told The Associated Press that seven other people were...

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, left, and Somaliland representative to Taiwan, Mohamed Hagi, bump elbows during an unveiling ceremony of the Somaliland office plate in Taipei, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The breakaway territory of Somaliland opened a representative office in Taipei on Wednesday in a move that has already drawn Beijing’s ire.(AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

Somaliland opens office in diplomatically isolated Taiwan

Sep. 9, 2020 3:44 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The breakaway territory of Somaliland opened a representative office in Taipei on Wednesday in a move that has already drawn Beijing’s ire. The territory’s representative to Taipei, Mohamed Hagi, said trade, security and development corporation were key aspects of...

US soldier hurt, 2 Somali soldiers dead in al-Shabab attack

Sep. 7, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A U.S. soldier was wounded and two Somali soldiers were killed when an al-Shabab suicide bomber tried to pass a checkpoint and attack a military compound in southern Somalia but was stopped by the partner forces, the countries said Monday. A Somali information ministry statement...

A trainee reads a handbook on coronavirus prevention, at a training session for community health workers conducted by the national NGO

'Our hands are tied': Local aid workers exposed in pandemic

Aug. 26, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The coronavirus is exposing an uncomfortable inequality in the billion-dollar system that delivers life-saving aid for countries in crisis: Most money that flows from the U.S. and other donors goes to international aid groups instead of local ones. Now local aid workers are exposed on...

US says airstrike kills 6 al-Shabab in Somalia after ambush

Aug. 26, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States military says it killed six al-Shabab extremists with an airstrike in Somalia after the al-Qaida-linked group attacked Somali forces while U.S. forces were nearby. The U.S. Africa Command statement said Monday’s airstrike was carried out near Darasalam village...

Somalia executes soldiers convicted for boy’s fatal rape

Aug. 18, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Two Somalia soldiers were executed Tuesday after being convicted of raping a 10-year-old boy who died from the bleeding, officials say. The executions of the two soldiers in Baidoa town in southwestern Somalia follows a hurried trial which convicted the two soldiers of raping the...

Somali police suspend prison warden after deadly riot

Aug. 17, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The warden of the central prison in Somalia’s capital has been suspended following a recent riot at the facility in which 19 people were killed, an official said Monday. Abdiqani Mohamed Qalaf, spokesman for the police force in charge of prisons, told reporters the force...

Medical workers and other Somalis help a civilian woman, who was wounded when a powerful car bomb blew off the security gates to the Elite Hotel, as she arrives at a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. A Somali police officer says at least 10 people have been killed and more than a dozen others injured in an ongoing siege at the beachside hotel in Somalia's capital where security forces are battling Islamic extremist gunmen who have invaded the building. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Somalia forces end rebel siege of Mogadishu hotel; 15 killed

Aug. 16, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's security forces on Sunday ended a nearly five-hour siege by Islamic extremists at a beachside hotel in Somalia's capital, said police and a government spokesman. At least 15 people were killed when the attackers invaded the Elite Hotel, a new establishment popular with...