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Kenyan Military: Al-Shabab Armory Destroyed in Key Somalia Town

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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The Kenyan army says it has destroyed key facilities belonging to al-Shabab militants in the Somali port city Kismayo, the group’s largest remaining stronghold. Army spokesman Cyrus Oguna told VOA Kenyan jets destroyed two sites at an al-Shabab airport on Tuesday. “One was a warehouse where al-Shabab has been keeping weapons. The other one was […]

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Kenya Says Soldier Killed Somali Civilians

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The Kenyan military says one of its soldiers has killed six civilians in a village in southern Somalia. The killings occurred Sunday in Jana Abdalla, located 60 kilometers northwest of Kismayo. Colonel Cyrus Oguna, spokesman for the Kenyan Defense Forces, tells VOA that the incident happened after al-Shabab militants opened fire on soldiers and civilians […]

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Somali MP Shot Dead in Mogadishu

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Mogadishu say unidentified gunmen have shot dead a Somali lawmaker as he left a mosque in the capital on Saturday. Colleagues and witnesses say Mustafa Mohamed Abdullahi was shot several times and died enroute to a local hospital. The gunmen escaped. There has been no claim of responsibility. The lawmaker was identified as […]

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Three Blasts Kill 15 in Somali Capital

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in the Somali capital say three explosions, including two from suicide bombers, have killed at least 15 people and wounded others. The blasts in Mogadishu Thursday appeared to target a restaurant called The Village, which is popular among journalists and civil servants. The site is located outside a building that houses VOA affiliate Kulmiya […]

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Two Blasts Rock Somalia’s Capital, Casualties Reported

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Two explosions have rocked the Somali capital, Mogadishu, causing multiple casualties according to witnesses. The blasts happened on Thursday outside a building that includes Rumia Radio, which broadcasts VOA programming. The radio director, Osman Abdullahi Gure, told VOA he saw 10 bodies outside the building. There are conflicting reports about whether the explosions were caused […]

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Two Blasts Rock Somalia’s Capital, Casualties Reported

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Two explosions have rocked the Somali capital, Mogadishu, causing multiple casualties according to witnesses. The blasts happened on Thursday outside a building that includes Rumia Radio, which broadcasts VOA programming. The radio director, Osman Abdulahi Gure, told VOA he saw 10 bodies outside the building. There are conflicting reports about whether the explosions were caused […]

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Al-Shabab Resumes Broadcasting in Key Somali Town

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Somali militant group al-Shabab has resumed radio broadcasts in the key port city Kismayo, vowing to fight to the death against pro-government forces poised to move in. The group’s radio station, Andalus, went back on the air Wednesday morning, two days after going quiet as government and African Union forces advanced on the town. The […]

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Somali Cmdr: Al-Shabab Defense Lines in Kismayo Destroyed

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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A Somali commander says government and African Union troops have destroyed al-Shabab’s defense lines in the key port city Kismayo. Colonel Yasin Noor Gas spoke with VOA from the frontlines on Tuesday. He said pro-government forces were in the village of Jana Abdalle, about 60 kilometers outside Kismayo and planned to move in within two […]

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Somali Rebels Flee AU Advance in Kismayo

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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The African Union’s Kenyan forces continued their advance on the Somali port town of Kismayo as rebel forces appear to leave the area. African Union forces were just 40 kilometers west of the city, Tuesday, while rebel fighters were reportedly fleeing ahead of their advance. A spokesman for a pro-government militia said there were currently […]

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Somali President Vows to Reset Security after Assassination Attempt

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Incoming Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud — the target of an assassination attempt earlier this week — says restoring security will be his first order of business once he officially assumes office Sunday. Mr. Mohamud spoke Saturday to VOA from the country’s heavily-fortified presidential palace in Mogadishu. He arrived there Thursday — three days early […]

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