Somalia - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Somalia


7 injured in car bombing at Mogadishu port

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:39 PM

'Two police officers and 5 civilians were wounded,' police officer Abdukadir Ahmed says. There is no immediate claim of responsibility.

Somalia, breakaway state Somaliland hold talks

Jun 14, 2020 - 6:04 PM

'The Somaliland delegation will have the opportunity to present to the world that Somaliland has a right to its sovereignty,' the Somaliland foreign ministry says

Somali governor killed in Al-Shabaab suicide blast – official

Mar 30, 2020 - 3:03 PM

Abdisalan Hassan Hersi, governor of Nugaal region, succumbs to his injuries after being rushed to hospital in Garowe, the capital of Puntland where the blast occurred on Sunday, March 29

Coronavirus now in Tanzania, Somalia as East Africa starts closures

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:09 AM

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma announces he is donating 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks, and 1,000 protective suits to each of the continent's 54 countries

LINE UP. Travelers wearing face masks as a protective measure wait to get their temperature checked at the border post with Kenya in Namanga, northern Tanzania, on March 16, 2020. Photo by Filbert Rweyemamu/AFP

Al-Shabaab militants claim huge Mogadishu bomb attack

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:02 AM

For the first time, Al-Shabaab apologizes to the civilian victims, but says the attack was necessary in its fight against the Somali State and its foreign backers

BOMBING. Somali soldiers secure the scene at a car bombing attack site in Mogadishu, on December 28, 2019. Photo by Abdirazak Hussein Farah/AFP

Death toll in Somalia bombing climbs to 81 – gov't

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:55 PM

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, though President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed blames Islamist group Al-Shabaab

AFTERMATH. Somali soldiers secure the scene at a car bombing attack site in Mogadishu, Somalia, on December 28, 2019. Photo by Abdirazak Hussein Farah/AFP

PH has most number of unsolved journalist killings – report

Oct 29, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The 2019 Global Impunity Index lists 41 unsolved media killings in the Philippines over the last 10 years

9 YEARS. Candles lit in the shape of number 9 in commemoration of the 9 years since Maguindanao Massacre. Photo by Jaira Krishelle Balboa/Rappler

Mogadishu mayor dies of wounds after Shabaab attack – gov't

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman died while doctors were treating his wounds at a hospital in Doha, says a spokesman for the Somali president's office

KILLED. The mayor of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, Abdirahman Omar Osman, has died of wounds sustained in a militant bombing attack on his office last month, the government said on August 1, 2019. File photo by Stuart Price/Au-un Ist Photo/AFP

Mogadishu mayor wounded in blast at his office – official

Jul 25, 2019 - 12:23 AM

A security source, who asked not to be named, says a suicide bomber had entered a hall where top government officials were meeting and detonated the blast inside

At least 7 dead in Somalia hotel attack

Jul 13, 2019 - 9:29 AM

The attack is claimed by Al-Shabaab militants, an Al-Qaeda-linked group

Meet PH’s new friends: U.N.-member countries that voted vs human rights resolution

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

These are governments widely criticized for human rights violations, crackdown on dissent, and the stifling of democracy. Some are headed by leaders who bear similarities with President Rodrigo Duterte.

4 dead, several injured in Somalia suicide bombing

May 14, 2019 - 8:09 PM

'A suicide bomber drove a car loaded with explosives into the entrance of Wardhigley District offices,' says security official Mohamed Samow

U.S. says 13 suspected ISIS members killed in Somalia airstrike

May 10, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The strike is carried out in the Golis Mountains in northern Somalia, where 3 ISIS militants were killed in April

15 killed as Shabaab bomb busy Somali restaurant

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:16 PM

(UPDATED) Security officials and witnesses report bodies strewn on the ground as plumes of smoke rose high into the air after the bomb detonated on Mogadishu's Maka Al-Mukarama road

At least 11 wounded in Somalia Al-Shabaab claimed attack

Mar 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

(UPDATED) Police say the assault began when two explosions were set off near the ministries of public works and labor

CAR BOMB. A car bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday, October 14.

Somalia's Shabaab Islamist group claims attack in Nairobi

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:20 PM

The Al-Qaeda-linked group says it is behind the attack, which has seen a blast and gunfire at the DusitD2 hotel and office compound in a Nairobi suburb

U.N. council regrets Somalia's decision to expel envoy

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Still, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres agrees to appoint a new envoy to replace Nicholas Haysom in Somalia

UN ENVOY. In this file photo, Nicholas Haysom speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 14, 2016. File photo by Shah Marai/AFP

Somalia refuses to take back expelled UN envoy

Jan 05, 2019 - 11:46 AM

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed dug in his heels and said UN envoy Nicholas Haysom would remain persona non grata

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, commonly know as Farmajo walks to make his speech during the inauguration ceremony of Djibouti International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ) in Djibouti on July 5, 2018. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

Somalia orders top U.N. envoy to leave

Jan 02, 2019 - 5:24 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, is no longer welcome in Somalia and cannot operate in the country,' the foreign ministry says in a statement

UN ENVOY. In this file photo, Nicholas Haysom speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 14, 2016. File photo by Shah Marai/AFP

U.S. commando killed, 4 wounded in Somalia attack

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:48 AM

The attack has occurred in Jubaland, where a large force comprising about 800 Somali, Kenyan and US troops were working to clear a large area of Al-Qaeda-aligned Al-Shabaab fighters

Hundreds dead as floods wreak havoc in East Africa

May 04, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Kenya Red Cross says 112 people have lost their lives countrywide since early March

LONG RAINY SEASON. Scenes like this truck falling off the road are typical in Nairobi now that unusually heavy showers have heralded the beginning of Kenya's long rainy season. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Death toll rises to 38 in Mogadishu bombings

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The Shabaab Islamist militant group claims the attacks, saying it was targeting the government and security services

Somalia's Shabaab forcing civilians to hand over children – HRW

Jan 15, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Human Rights Watch says an aggressive campaign to recruit children began in mid-2017, with the jihadists taking reprisals against communities who refuse to cooperate

Report finds 512 died in deadliest Somalia bombing

Dec 02, 2017 - 7:27 PM

An earlier death toll of 358 already makes the October 14 bombing the deadliest terrorist attack in Somalia's history

A picture taken on October 20, 2017 in Mogadishu shows destroyed cars on the scene of a massive truck bomb attack in which at least 276 people were killed and 300 injured on October 14 in the deadliest ever attack to hit the conflict-torn nation.  File photo by Mohamed Abdowahab

Breakaway Somaliland to elect new president

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Incumbent Ahmed Mohamud Silaanyo is not seeking reelection in Somaliland, which has been striving to attain international recognition ever since it broke away from Somalia

Islamic State thriving in Somalia – UN report

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:45 AM

The UN report raises concerns that the Bari region could become a potential haven for foreign ISIS fighters, as the extremists are driven out of their strongholds in Syria and Iraq

U.S. strikes ISIS in Somalia for first time

Nov 04, 2017 - 9:09 AM

The strikes occurred in northeastern Somalia and killed 'several terrorists,' the US military's Africa Command says in a statement

U.S. to resume refugee admissions; 11 countries still blocked

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:43 AM

The United States will resume accepting refugees after a 120-day ban, but arrivals from 11 'high-risk' countries, most of them home to Muslim majorities, will still be blocked

WELCOME. In this file photo, people look over the arrivals board at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4, February 4, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Somalia truck bomb death toll jumps to 358 dead

Oct 21, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Several experts say the truck was probably carrying at least 500 kilos or 1,100 pounds of explosives

'DEADLIEST ATTACK.' Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed vowed on October 18, 2017 to step up the war against Al-Shabaab, as he addressed thousands at a rally in Mogadishu for the victims of the city's worst-ever bombing. Photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP

Somalia truck bomb toll hits 276, 300 others injured

Oct 16, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Desperate residents of the capital search for news of missing relatives after the monster explosion on Saturday afternoon, October 14, destroyed several nearby buildings, leaving victims burned beyond recognition

AFTERMATH. A man and woman look at the damage on the site of the explosion of a truck bomb in the center of Mogadishu, on October 14, 2017. Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP

Mogadishu reels as truck bomb toll hits 137

Oct 15, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Authorities say the death toll is expected to rise further as some of the injured are seriously wounded

Men and Somalian soldiers arrive on the site to rescue victims of the explosion of a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu, on October 14, 2017. A truck bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on October 14, 2017 causing widespread devastation that left at least 20 dead, with the toll likely to rise. / AFP PHOTO / Mohamed ABDIWAHAB

At least 20 dead in 'huge' Mogadishu blast – police

Oct 14, 2017 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) Witnesses say the blast badly damaged a nearby hotel and left scenes of devastation on the busy road

CAR BOMB. A car bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday, October 14.

North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among 8 countries on new U.S. travel ban

Sep 25, 2017 - 7:42 AM

(UPDATED) Sudan, one of 6 majority-Muslim countries on the original travel ban, is removed from the list, leaving 8 nations with complete or partial blocks on travel to the United States

AIRPORT ARRIVALS. People walk through international arrivals at terminal four at John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport on June 26, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Federal judge weakens Trump travel ban

Jul 14, 2017 - 3:29 PM

UPDATED The decision by Judge Derrick Watson is a victory for opponents of the ban which the Trump administration says is necessary to keep out terrorists

Donald Trump file photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP; Airport file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. 6-country travel ban takes effect with few exceptions for relatives

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:21 AM

UPDATED Hawaii has asked federal district Judge Derrick Watson to clarify the scope of the travel and refugee bans in the Pacific island state

TRAVEL BAN. Tareq Aquel Mohammed Aziz holds travel documents after arriving from Yemen at Dulles International airport on February 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Shabaab restaurant assault leaves 18 dead in Mogadishu

Jun 15, 2017 - 4:25 PM

A suicide car bombing hits the Posh Treats restaurant and club followed by a shooting inside the nearby Pizza House restaurant

A woman reacts as helpers carry a stretcher with a body bag from the site of an attack at the Pizza House restaurant in Mogadishu on June 15, 2017. A suicide car bombing and assault by Shabaab militants on two neighbouring restaurants in Somalia's capital Mogadishu ended Thursday morning with 18 dead, a government spokesman said. The attack began at around 8pm (17.00GMT) on the evening of June 14 with a suicide car bombing at the Post Treats restaurant and club, after which gunmen stormed inside the nearby Pizza House restaurant. / AFP PHOTO / Mohamed ABDIWAHAB

U.S. appeals court upholds block on Trump travel ban

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:48 AM

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit keeps in place a lower court injunction on the ban arguing the president has overstepped his authority and his executive order discriminated against travelers based on their nationality

WELCOME TO THE USA. This file photo taken on February 8, 2017 shows Yemenis who were among those stranded in Djibouti when US President Donald Trump ordered his travel ban, arrive to Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/File/AFP

Trump's travel ban faces new test

May 08, 2017 - 2:01 PM

A US appeals court is set to take on a case that has stymied the administration s controversial efforts to bar travelers from 6 Muslim majority countries

WELCOME? Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Somalia sacks senior official over minister's shooting

May 05, 2017 - 6:12 PM

The shooting occurs as bodyguards tasked with protecting auditor general Nur Jimale Farah mistook the minister driving himself in a following vehicle for an assailant

3 killed in Mogadishu army camp attack – military

Apr 10, 2017 - 5:03 PM

UPDATED A suicide bomber disguised as a member of the military was able to enter the training camp Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Abdirahman says

Somali pirates seize Indian ship, 11 crew members – owner

Apr 03, 2017 - 10:10 PM

The Indian cargo ship was carrying items such as wheat and sugar from Dubai via Yemen to Somalia s Bossaso port when it came under attack owner Isaak Them says

Mengulurkan tangan kepada warga Somalia yang alami kekeringan dan kelaparan

Mar 27, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Kelaparan terburuk terjadi di Somalia Mereka butuh uluran tangan kita

UNICEF menyebutkan kekeringan di Somalia dapat menyebabkan hingga 270.000 anak menderita kekurangan gizi akut berat tahun ini. Foto dari

Somali president pleads to UN for aid to avert famine

Mar 24, 2017 - 9:40 AM

Almost half of our people are facing acute food shortages and about 15 are facing famine amid a severe drought says Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

WATER CRISIS. A file photo taken in July 2011 shows Somali refugees fetching water during a period of drought when the United Nations declared a famine in several parts of Somalia. File photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

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Hawaii judge freezes Trump's revamped travel ban

Mar 16, 2017 - 7:22 AM

4th UPDATE The court in Honolulu is the first to rule in a trio of legal challenges against the ban which was set to go into effect March 16

LEGAL ENTRY. In this file photo, traveler Tareq Aquel Mohammed Aziz holds travel documents after arriving from Yemen at Dulles International airport on February 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since WWII – UN

Mar 11, 2017 - 8:59 PM

UN s humanitarian chief Stephen O Brien calls for an urgent mobilization of funds for northeastern Nigeria Somalia South Sudan and Yemen to avert a catastrophe

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows a mother breastfeeding her child who suffers acute malnutrition at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, northern Bahr al-Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

Decried as Muslim ban, will Trump decree pass legal muster?

Mar 08, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Can challengers succeed in overturning a measure that was deliberately crafted to remove the red flags raised by US courts over the first attempt? That may be more difficult

Yemenis who were among those stranded in Djibouti when President Trump ordered his travel ban, arrive to Los Angeles International Airport on February 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/AFP

Trump signs revised travel ban, exempts Iraqis

Mar 06, 2017 - 10:31 PM

UPDATED Legal permanent residents and current visa holders would be explicitly exempt from the order Iraq would also no longer be on the list of countries affected

REVISING AN ORDER. This file photo taken on February 14, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump during a meeting with teachers, school administrators and parents in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/ AFP

1.4 million children face famine in 4 countries – UNICEF

Feb 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM

These children in Nigeria Somalia South Sudan and Yemen could die from severe malnutrition this year

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows Agop Manut (11 months), who suffers acute malnutrition and respiratory distress, assisting at the clinic run by Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

Faces of despair: Refugees wait years with no promise of resettlement

Feb 10, 2017 - 12:41 PM

In Indonesia a transit country many refugees wait years to start a new life On the bottom of that waitlist are single men who unable to work are unable to live decent lives