Friday, March 23, 2018

Somalia: Massive car bomb blast rocks Mogadishu, al-Shabaab claims responsibility


At least 6 people have been killed and several others wounded in a massive car bomb attack outside a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu on Thursday afternoon, Garowe Online reports.

Eyewitnesses said a car laden with explosives went off outside Wehliye hotel along the busy Makka Al Mukarama road in the capital which is lined with government offices, hotels, and restaurants.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Nigeria: Boko Haram releases 101 of 110 girls kidnapped last month


Boko Haram Islamic extremists returned 101 of the 110 girls they kidnapped from a boarding school in Dapchi, Nigeria last month in the middle of the night Wednesday, warning their parents to never “put your daughters in school again.”

“We were freed because we are Muslim girls, and they didn’t want us to suffer. That is why they released us,” Khadija Grema, one of the freed girls, told the Associated Press, explaining one of her Christian classmates remained captive.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Canada: Canada sending troops to UN peacekeeping mission in Mali


The Canadian military will deploy helicopters and support troops, including medical teams, to the troubled West African nation of Mali later this year, CBC News has learned.

A senior government official, speaking on background, said a formal announcement will be made Monday.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Mali: Tuareg militias again clash with Islamic State loyal militants in north


The Imghad and Allies Self Defense Movement (GATIA) and the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA) have again reported its fighters have battled with militants loyal to the Islamic State led by Abu Walid al Sahrawi.

According to the joint statement released by the groups, one of their joint patrols engaged in combat with the Islamic State-loyal militants in the Tinzouragan area of Mali’s northern Gao region yesterday. The locale sits close to In-Delimane and the Nigerien borders, an area where the so-called Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) operates. The Tuareg alliance reported that five jihadists were killed, including a high level commander named as Djibo Hamma. Other militants and vehicles were reported captured.

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Somaliland: Somaliland president says Somalia has declared war over Berbera port


Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has described Somalia’s rejection of a port deal the former signed with Ethiopia and DP World, as a ‘declaration of war’.

The Somali government recently declared the tripartite agreement signed over the management of the Berbera port in Somaliland as ‘null and void’ arguing that the deal violated the unity and constitution of the country.

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