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

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…

UN report on Somalia piracy highlights illegal fishing link

Somali pirate gangs are holding 39 hostages, five of them from Kenya, according to a United Nations Security Council report that highlights the continued role of illegal fishing and its links to piracy risks. The annual update on piracy and security interventions off the coast of Somalia listed the Kenyan hostages…

Forging a future for Africa’s fragile cities

Most of the world’s fragile cities are clustered in Africa and Asia, with cities in Somalia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) among the most high-risk cities in the world. That’s according to a consortium, led by the Igarapé Institute, that studied urban fragility across the globe…

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…

Why Africa has been roped into the Saudi-Iran crisis

  Since Saudi Arabia took the decision on Saturday to execute a prominent Shiite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and Iranians attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran, tension between the two countries has escalated drawing in allies. Saudi Arabia is a predominantly Sunni Muslim country whereas Iran is Shiite which has…

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…