Mogadishu: Friday blast death toll rises to 30

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…

International book fair in Mogadishu

An international book fair will be held in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital reports Al Jazeera. It is the first major event to be organised in the city for over two decades. Al Jazeera reported that talent including authors, poets, playwrights, musicians and artists are travelling from around the globe to attend…

Suicide bomber in Mogadishu suspected to be German

The suicide bomber that killed 15 people in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday is suspected to have been a German of Somali origin. The attack took place at the five-star Jazeera Palace Hotel. Al-Shaba has claimed responsibility for the attack; the group is linked to al-Qaeda. A number of…