Somalia releases AJ reporter detained ahead of elections

Somalia releases AJ reporter detained ahead of elections

Somali security agents have released Al Jazeera journalist Hamza Mohamed, who was arrested Tuesday  in Mogadishu. Radio Shabelle reports that Mohamed and cameraman Nur Mohamed were released from custody in the Somali capital. The Qatari news network had confirmed that Mohamed, a British national, was detained with the cameraman and two others while in Somalia…

Somalia detains AJ reporter in latest media-arrest incident

Somalia detains AJ reporter in latest media-arrest incident

Al Jazeera journalist Hamza Mohamed was arrested Tuesday by Somali security agents in Mogadishu. Radio Shabelle reports that Mohamed and cameraman Nur Mohamed remain in custody in the Somali capital. The Qatari news network confirmed that Mohamed, a British national, was detained with the cameraman and two others while in Somalia on a reporting…

Mogadishu: Friday blast death toll rises to 30

On Friday night a large explosion hit Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. The bomb was quickly followed by gunfire heard around the city, reported Shabelle Media Network. At least 30 people were killed during the attack which was claimed by al-Shabaab. The attack was carried out outside a popular park and hotel…

Kenya: security woes continue

Whilst security issues continue to concern the country, today, Garissa University College officially reopened after the attack which killed almost 150 people nine months ago, reported the BBC. However, although extra security measures have been taken to protects students at the university, safety continues to be a major concern within…

Somalia bans Christmas celebrations

  The Somali government has banned both Christmas and New Year’s celebration saying they are “contrary to Islamic culture” and that such events could be targets of terrorism.  The regime stated that festivities could “damage the faith of the Muslim community.” There are very few Somali Christians however the country contains more…

Mandera quarries closed due to security reasons

The Kenyan government announced on December 1 that all quarries in Mandera must be closed immediately due to security reasons. “We have asked miners to leave for their homes until next year because we need time to organize our security team and they also need to be with their families,”…

Kenya: Pope Francis to visit East Africa as Christians and Muslims fight violent extremism

Nairobi, Kenya: It’s all systems go ahead of the state visit by the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, next month. Preparations to receive the Catholic spiritual leader are in top gear even as Muslims and Christians step up joint efforts to end youth radicalisation in the country. The…

Robert Wanjala

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AMISON end game in Somalia not in sight as Al Shabaab intensifies attacks

The African Union Mission in Somalia has made significant strides despite continued Al Shabaab attacks slowing its progress. However, after eight years in Somalia, it is high time that the AU made its exit plan known. NAIROBI, Kenya—Six African countries are currently contributing troops to AMISOM’s military component to pacify…

Antony Langat

Anthony Langat is a freelance journalist based in Kenya and specializes in reporting on human rights issues, governance, security and climate change.

Somalia: Al Shabaab attack African Union base

The Islamist militant group, Al Shabaab, have attacked an African Union (AU) base in southern Somalia early on Tuesday. Many were killed and injured during the attack the group reported along with some of the residents of the area. Al Shabaab claim to have killed 70 AU soldiers during the…