World Islamic Prayer

VOA Somali
BBC Somali 14:00
BBC Somali 18:00
Deutsche Welle
BBC Radio
Voice of America
IRIN Radio
NPR Radio
Radio Netherland
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014 - 5:11:05 AM
Somalia: 7 Ethiopian soldiers killed in roadside bomb

MOGADISHU, Somalia Jan 16 (Garowe Online) - A huge blast in Somalia's capital Mogadishu targeted an Ethiopian army convoy as it drove through a major intersection Wednesday, killing seven soldiers on board, witnesses reported.

The Ethiopian convoy left the old pasta factory when the hidden landmine exploded in Yaaqshiid district, targeting an army transport truck full of soldiers.

“I saw soldiers on the ground and many others shrieking…there was a lot of smoke,” said witness Abdulkadir, who lives in the vicinity.

Ethiopian army transport truck
Ethiopian army reinforcements rushed to the scene and fired bullets into the air to disperse crowds. Unconfirmed reports said a young boy was wounded in the subsequent gunfire.

Today's deadly explosion follows fierce overnight battles in parts of Mogadishu, especially around Industry Road, where Somali-Ethiopian soldiers stand guard around the clock.

There were no confirmed reports on casualties from last night's battle, since most civilians have fled the area, but area residents told Garowe Online they could hear loud explosions and the ceaseless exchange of gunfire.

Suspected insurgents, armed with rockets and grenades, initiated two separate attacks on the same position, starting at around 7pm local time, sources said.

Government officials did not provide details from the battle, but one official privately claimed that government troops "killed some insurgents and captured others."

The Somali government and its Ethiopian military backers have faced a deadly insurgency in Mogadishu, where roadside bombings and rocket attacks have become common since the beginning of 2007.

Islamist fighters opposed to the presence of foreign troops have vowed to continue their hit-and-run attacks until Ethiopian troops withdraw from Somalia.

The bloody conflict has killed more than 6,000 civilians and displaced nearly 600,000 others, according to UN and aid agency figures.

Source: Garowe Online

Somalia: Acting Boss named to head Central Bank
Somalia: Federal Govt troops foil attack on police station in central town
Somalia: Night raid operation targets senior Al Shabaab officials


Vacancy Anouncment Legal Advisor for the Puntland House of Representatives


Somalia: Acting Boss named to head Central Bank

MOGADISHU, Somalia April 24, 2014 (Garowe Online)

Somalia: Federal Govt troops foil attack on police station in central town

Somalia: Night raid operation targets senior Al Shabaab officials

UN envoy to Somalia condemns MP, journalist murder in Mogadishu

Somalia: Burundi President arrives in Mogadishu on first visit

Somalia: Puntland Police arrest former Federal MP

Somalia: Former warlord refuses to lay down arms

Somalia: Bomb blast in Mogadishu kills Federal MP

Somalia's President stresses need for stability at National Conference on Security

Somalia: Khat plane veers off runway in central town

Somalia: Puntland Defence Forces urged to confront Somaliland, Al Shabaab

Somalia: Military in deadly battle with police in Middle Shabelle

Somalia: Al Shabaab fighters ambush Federal Govt troops in Bay, 6 militants killed

Somalia: Ugandan Guard Unit arrives in Mogadishu for UN personnel, bases protection

About Us | Disclaimer | Copyright | Contact Us