African troops enter Somali port of Kismayo

Soldiers of the Kenyan contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia sit in a watch tower in Dhobley, southern Somalia. Photo: EPA

Kenyan troops from the African Union force in Somalia entered the southern port of Kismayo for the first time on Monday, witnesses said, three days after launching a beach assault that led Islamist insurgents to pull out.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am



This weekend sees the fifth annual Roots Picnic in their hometown, Philadelphia. This year's event includes Major Lazer, Kid Cudi, Shabazz Palaces and, obviously, The Roots (below). Fans are buzzing about seeing De La Soul backed up by The Roots and there is talk that Rakim will perform his 1987 milestone album, Paid in Full, from beginning to end.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

25 years ago...

UN listens to pilots' pleas

Bonn (Oct 18): West German police commandos blasted their way into the hijacked Lufthansa jet at Somalia's Mogadishu airport early today and freed all 86 hostages - 90 minutes before a deadline to blow it up.

20 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Hostages seized

MOGADISHU: Up to 30 armed Somalis formerly employed by the United Nations seized about 15 foreign UN staff in Mogadishu yesterday and held them hostage, demanding payment.


15 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Clans clash

MOGADISHU: At least 17 people were killed and an unknown number injured in fighting between rival Somali clans in the southwest of the country.

5 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Pakistani UN troops not to blame for killings

I REFER to the report which appeared in the South China Morning Post on June 14, concerning Somalia, headlined, ''20 killed as Pakistani UN troops open fire''. I would like to let you know the facts, which have not been reported correctly and hope that this sets the record straight for your readers.

18 Jun 1993 - 12:00am

Gunmen kill aid worker

MOGADISHU: Seven gunmen shot dead Irish aid worker Ms Valery Price near the western Somali town of Afgoi yesterday, witnesses said.

23 Feb 1993 - 12:00am

Troop pullout

MOGADISHU: The US said yesterday it would begin pulling out 3,000 troops from Somalia next week, as Canadian troops shot dead a Somali and wounded three in a riot at Beledweyne.

19 Feb 1993 - 12:00am

Somalis killed after ambush

MOGADISHU: Two Somalis were killed in a shootout after gunmen ambushed Belgian troops on night patrol in the southern town of Kismayu yesterday, a United Nations official said.

25 Jan 1993 - 12:00am