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Djibouti accuses Eritrea of occupying disputed territory after Qatar withdrew peacekeepers

jibouti accused neighbouring Eritrea on Friday of occupying disputed territory along their border after Qatar withdrew its peacekeepers. Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf said Djibouti's military were "on alert" and that it has lodged complaints to the U.N. and the African Union. Qatar announced that it was pulling its contingent out on June 14, days after the two East African countries...

Hargeisa joins Air Arabia’s growing African network

Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier, announced, on Wednesday, that starting on 4th July 2017, Hargeisa will be the newest African destination added to its growing international network. Air Arabia marked its entry into the African market in 2004, and currently serves six destinations across Egypt, Sudan and Kenya from its main hub...

Somali survivors tell of restaurant siege by rebels; 31 dead

Islamic extremists attacked a popular Somalia restaurant in an overnight siege and killed 31 people — many at point-blank range — before they were slain by security forces, police said Thursday. Survivors described harrowing scenes of hiding under tables and behind curtains as the five gunmen hunted for victims in the darkened Pizza House restaurant. Nearly 40 people were wounded. Al-Shabab...

United States Condemns Attack on Mogadishu Restaurant

The United States condemns in the strongest terms last night’s barbaric attack on the Pizza House restaurant in Mogadishu.  We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those killed and hope for a speedy and complete recovery of the wounded. Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection and increased piety, which makes the timing of this attack...

At least 19 killed in hotel attack in Somali capital

At least 19 people were killed when Islamist militants launched a car bomb and gun attack on a busy hotel and adjacent restaurant in the Somali capital, a police officer said on Thursday. A car driven by a suicide bomber rammed into the Posh Hotel in south Mogadishu on Wednesday evening before gunmen rushed into Pizza House, an adjacent restaurant,...

SRSG Keating condemns attack on Popular Mogadishu Restaurant and Hotel

PRESS STATEMENT 09/2017 The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, condemned in the strongest possible terms last night’s attack on the Pizza House restaurant and Posh Hotel in Mogadishu that reportedly killed at least 19 people. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack, which was triggered by a suicide car bomber and targeted customers who frequent...

Mogadishu Restaurant Siege Ends, 19 Civilians Dead

Somali security forces ended the al-Shabab siege of a Mogadishu restaurant early Thursday after battling the militants for almost 11 hours. Major Abdifatah Bashir Ali, commander of police in the Hodan district of the city, told reporters that special security forces launched a major operation just before 6 a.m. local time and were able to overpower the militants who were...

At least 20 people being held hostage in Somali capital after suicide attack

Gunmen were holding at least 20 people hostage in a restaurant in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, police said, after a suicide bomber rammed a car nearby and militants stormed inside in an attack claimed by Islamist al Shabaab militants. "The fighters are still inside the Pizza House (restaurant) and they are holding over 20 people. We do not know...

Car bomb targets restaurant in Somalia’s Mogadishu

A car bomb has detonated outside a restaurant in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing at least nine people and wounding several others, police said. Heavy gunfire followed the attack claimed by the armed group al-Shabab. Witnesses told Reuters news agency that the whole district was cordoned off by police. Police officer Mohamed Hussein said there was confusion over whether gunmen had...

UAE expels Somali from Ramadan competition over Qatar row

Somalia representative expelled from Quran competition and deported due to Somalia neutrality over Gulf crisis A competition held during Ramadan for Muslims who have memorised the Quran might have been thought to be above politics. Apparently not. Emirati authorities on Monday expelled a Somali who was taking part in the annual competition, which takes place in Dubai, after Somalia refused to break...

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