Latest Mogadishu News

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 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...

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...

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...

In this image made from video, residents move through floodwaters using a donkey cart in Afgoye, Somalia Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Severe flooding continues to displace thousands of people in Somalia and the government in recent days has issued new warnings to communities living along the Jubba and Shabelle rivers. (AP Photo)

Severe flooding displaces scores of thousands in Somalia

Aug. 11, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Severe flooding continues to displace thousands of people in Somalia. The government in recent days issued new warnings to communities living along the Jubba and Shabelle rivers. It said rains in the highlands of neighboring Ethiopia could lead to flash floods in towns such as Jowhar...

At least 8 soldiers dead in blast outside Somali army base

Aug. 8, 2020 5:52 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A car bomb exploded at the gates of a military base in Somalia's capital Saturday, killing at least eight soldiers and wounding 14 others, with the toll expected to rise, police said. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group quickly claimed responsibility via its radio arm,...