More than a dozen die in Mogadishu car bomb attack

More than a dozen die in Mogadishu car bomb attack

The death toll in Saturday’s bombing attacks in downtown Mogadishu, which targeted the complex where the country’s ministries of interior and security are housed, has risen to 13. More than 21 people were injured, many of them seriously, according to local news outlets who reported the initial car bomb blast…

Mogadishu bombing toll rises to 18

Mogadishu bombing toll rises to 18

The death toll in Somalia has risen to 18 following Thursday’s car bomb attack at the Wehliye hotel in Mogadishu. Most of the victims were civilians, according to local media accounts. At least one of the victims was a foreign national. Hussein Mohamed Dirir, a Norwegian citizen of Somali descent…

Amnesty satellite images show destruction of Somali IDP settlements

Amnesty satellite images show destruction of Somali IDP settlements

Amnesty International says new satellite images show the damage to settlements near Mogadishu that were destroyed last month, leaving some 24,000 internally displaced persons forcibly evicted without any notice. The human rights NGO released the images on Friday with an analysis of the before-and-after results. “These satellite images give a…

Somali entrepreneurs welcome new innovation hub to Mogadishu

Somalia is opening its first tech hub in Mogadishu this month, in what is another positive sign of the nation’s future amid the many challenges that remain. The vision for the iRise hub in Mogadishu began with the popular #SomaliaRising hashtag. Its founders, led by Abdihakim Ainte, decided to capitalize…

Somalia: State funeral held for young minister shot in Mogadishu

Somalia on Thursday mourned the death of Minister of Public Works and Reconstruction Abbas Abdullahi Siraji, who was laid to rest following a state funeral in Mogadishu. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo attended the funeral service after cutting short a three-day state visit to Ethiopia, as did Prime Minister Hassan Ali…

Death toll rises to 8 in Mogadishu bombing

The death toll in a Mogadishu car bombing has risen to eight people, with several others injured. Radio Shabelle in Somalia said that Wednesday’s explosion at a restaurant in the capital happened near the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The bomb destroyed the Coffee Break restaurant and caused chaos in…

UN relief head visits Mogadishu to assess drought impacts, humanitarian need

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien visited Mogadishu on Monday, speaking with residents at the Zone K Internal Displacement Camp Settlement as representatives of the international community evaluated Somalia’s deepening humanitarian crisis. O’Brien, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), was joined by Michael…

Somalia sets new presidential election date amid Mogadishu violence

In Somalia, officials now say February 8 will be the long-waited presidential election day. The electoral commission announced the date Wednesday following a series of discussions by the electoral commission and the newly inaugurated federal parliament, whose members were sworn in at the end of December. Somalia’s elections have seen…

Mohamud welcomes Somali-American Ilhan Omar to Mogadishu

Somalia welcomed newly elected American legislator Ilhan Omar home to Mogadishu on Tuesday, where she met with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. The Somali American left as a child and lived for years in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya before moving to the United States in 1997. She is the…