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MOGADISHU, Somalia – A suspected U.S. drone carried out an air strike in Al-Shabaab controlled Jilib district in Somalia’s southern middle Jubba region. The strike hit a stronghold of al-Shabab, where a senior Al-Shabaab intelligence chief was believed to be killed, according to Harun Macruf, a VOA journalist based in Washington. Macruf says the strike could be significant...

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Unknown gunmen, though to be al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab have shot and killed a renowned elder in Somali capital Mogadishu. The deceased man, whose name has been released as Ibrahim Arif was gunned down by hooded man armed with pistols outside mosque in Jungal neighborhood of Yashid district in Mogadishu, a witness said. He says the victim was assassinated...

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Heavy fighting broke out between Kenyan army forces and al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab militants in south of Somalia. The fighting flared up when heavily armed militants launched an attack on Kenyan troops’ base in Qoqani town, some 70km from Kenyan border along Somalia. Qoqani base runs by Kenyan troops serving under African Union mission known as...

Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry has regretted posting “wrong and unacceptable image” of the map of Africa on its Foreign Ministry website. The map showed Somalia as part of Ethiopia. The Ministry says it had noticed that a wrong and unacceptable image of the Map of Africa has crept in on the Web site of the Ministry of Foreign of Affairs of Ethiopia. “Upon becoming...

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali forces have arrested an ex-head of the notorious “Jail Ogaden” Hassan Ismail Ibrahim in Goldogob town of central Somalia. Jail Ogaden detention centre in Jigjiga, capital of the Somali region is where hundreds of prisoners were tortured and abused, including rape, sleep deprivation, and beatings. Ethiopia’s government closed the facility...

Mogadishu, 26 May 2019 – Somalia yesterday joined the rest of the continent in marking Africa Day, with a glowing tribute to the African Union (AU) for its contribution in restoring peace and security in the horn of Africa country. The celebrations held in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, were attended by senior officials from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM),...

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The U.S. military says it has carried out a new air strike targeting an al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group in Golis Mountains of Somalia’s Puntland region. The strike was carried out on Friday in coordination with the government of Somalia, said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Huston, deputy director of operations, U.S. Africa Command. Robert Huston...

Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi has joined over 30,000 South Africans and 22 Heads of State and Government from across the continent for the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in the capital city, Pretoria. The ceremony is being held today, Saturday, 25 May 2019 in Pretoria It has attracted thousands...

MOGADISHU – Somali armed group Al Shabaab has vowed to rump up its deadly attacks, a day after a suicide car bomb hit near country’s Presidential Palace in the capital of Mogadishu Sheikh Abulaziz Abu Muscab, spokesman for al-Shabab’s military operations wing said one its bomber had killed 27 people in a suicide attack on Wednesday in Mogadishu. He says military...

The European Union is renewing its support for peace in the Horn of African even as peacekeepers in Somalia struggle with reduced funding. This was the message the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini delivered in her round trip to Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia. These happen to be four out of the five troop-contributing...