Somalia's al-Shabab kill two of their own chiefs in factional feud

Amisom troops take cover after al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab insurgents blasted their way into the UN compound in Mogadishu on June 19. Photo: AFP

Meanwhile, on Saturday, veteran Islamist leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, escaped to the Somali capital Mogadishu amid reports of a split in the al-Shabab group.

Sunday, 30 June, 2013, 12:53pm

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7 May 2013 - 2:22am

Twin terror attacks shatter fragile peace

A Somali soldier runs near the scene of the blast which struck outside the law courts in Mogadishu yesterday. Photo: Reuters

At least 19 people were killed in the Somali capital yesterday in suicide bombings and assaults by al-Shabaab militants linked to al-Qaeda, breaking a fragile return to peace in Mogadishu.

15 Apr 2013 - 4:32am

Briefs, January 28, 2013

Floodwaters in East Bundaberg, Queensland. Photo: EPA

A UN Security Council delegation began a brief visit to Yemen in a clear boost to President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi aimed at helping to iron out problems hampering national reconciliation talks. 

28 Jan 2013 - 5:43am

Briefs, January 19, 2013

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Photo: Reuters

Berlusconi verdict to be delayed until after polls

19 Jan 2013 - 4:30am

Strength of Islamists in rescue bid misjudged, says Jean-Yves Le Drian

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French troops underestimated the strength of Islamist rebels when they launched a failed bid to free an intelligence officer held hostage in Somalia, the French defence minister said.

14 Jan 2013 - 6:09am

France tightens security after Mali, Somalia action

French President Francois Hollande France “has to take all necessary precautions” in the face of a terrorist threat. Photo: EPA

France has ordered tightened security in public buildings and transport following action against radical Islamists both in Mali and Somalia, President Francois Hollande said on Saturday.

Hollande said France “has to take all necessary precautions” in the face of a terrorist threat, including “surveillance of our public buildings and our transport network”.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, December 11, 2012

Rescuers survey the ruins of Christchurch's CTV building.

Germany expels four Syrian embassy staff

11 Dec 2012 - 4:54am

Three killed in blast at Kenyan capital mosque

Injured men are treated at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. Such attacks in Kenya are often blamed on Islamist militants al-Shabab of neighboring Somalia.

Three people were killed and eight wounded in a blast outside a mosque in the Kenyan capital, the Kenyan Red Cross and police said Friday.

There were “three fatalities” as well as several wounded, some critical, a Red Cross official said after the “explosion near a mosque in Eastleigh”, a largely ethnic Somali district of Nairobi.

8 Dec 2012 - 3:58am

Rioters attack ethnic Somalis in Kenyan capital

A solider stands guard at the site of a traffic accident in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua

Police fired tear gas to disperse Kenyans who threw stones and broke into the homes and shops of ethnic Somalis in Nairobi’s Somali-dominated Eastleigh neighbourhood on Monday to protest against a bomb attack in the district on Sunday.

19 Nov 2012 - 8:47pm

2012 already deadliest year for Somali journalists

Somali poet and radio comedian, Warsame Shire Awale.

They buried Somali radio journalist Mohamed Mohamud Turyare on Monday, a week after he was assassinated by unknown gunmen near a mosque in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital.

On Monday night, killers struck again, this time shooting dead one of Somalia's famous poets and radio comedians, Warsame Shire Awale, near his Mogadishu home.

1 Nov 2012 - 4:00am

Briefs, October 8, 2012

French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with a Jewish leader. Photo: AFP

Venezuelans go to polls in tough test for Chavez

8 Oct 2012 - 4:39am

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.

“They arrived from the west of the city and are taking up positions,” Aden Ismail, a local trader said. The report was confirmed by at least two other residents.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Shebab Islamists abandon last stronghold in Somalia

Al-Qaeda linked Shebab after giving themselves up to forces of the African Union Mission in Somalia. Photo: AFP

Al-Qaeda linked Shebab rebels said on Saturday they have abandoned the southern Somali port city of Kismayo, their last bastion in the country, a day after an assault by African Union troops.

“The military command of Shebab mujahedeen ordered a tactical retreat at midnight,” Shebab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage said.

29 Sep 2012 - 6:50pm

Briefs, September 24, 2012

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko votes. Photo: EPA

Panda cub dies a week after its birth in US zoo

24 Sep 2012 - 4:11am