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African Union and Somali troops arrest 'al-Shabaab' commander

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali troops have arrested a senior Al-Shabaab commander during an operation in Somalia’s Wanlaweyn, the mission has said.

AMISOM said the Somali Special Forces backed by the AMISOM troops engaged the insurgent militants in a fierce fight that saw the arrest of one commander who is being interrogated over a series of terror attacks in the region.

AMISOM said its forces would pursue the insurgents behind a series of terror attacks in the Horn of Africa nation.

Al-Shabaab militants have recently increased their attacks against AMISOM and Somali forces in Somalia, which resulted in the loss of some towns, although the militants mainly held these towns briefly.

The AMISOM and Somali forces have also increased air strikes in the country, resulting in the killing of several militants.


At least four killed, 12 injured in twin blasts in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- At least four people were killed and 12 others injured in twin explosions at a restaurant in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday evening, officials and witnesses confirmed on Sunday.

A security officer told Xinhua that some unknown assailants hurled two grenades at the eatery at Hodan district in Banadir region.

"Four people were killed and 12 others were injured in the explosions at a restaurant in Hodan district. Among the injured are some government officials," said the security officer who did want to be identified.

The busy restaurant is frequented by government officials.

Witnesses said many people were at the restaurant at the time of the attack.

The twin explosions were very powerful that could be heard in parts of the capital, said a witness named Hussein Osman.

Mogadishu has recently experienced a series of attacks from insurgents.

The Somalia Islamist group of Al-Shabaab, which is fighting to topple the government, claimed responsibility for the latest attack, saying it killed four government soldiers in the attack.

African Union and Somali troops capture town from Al-Shabaab

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somali troops and African Union peacekeeping forces on Tuesday captured a town in southwest Somalia from Al-Shabaab militants, an army official said.

Somali military commander Abdullahi Farah told Xinhua Al-Shabaab militants withdrew from Mooragaabey town in Bakool region as the joint forces were advancing.

Farah said the forces were conducting an operation to push back and catch Al-Shabaab fighters, who are controlling parts of Bakool region.

Somalia-based Al-Shabaab extremist group has been forced out of its major strongholds by the AU and Somali forces but continues to launch bomb and gun attacks in the country.


Car explosion targets UN compound in Somalia, injuring guards

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- A car exploded near a compound run by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, injuring four security guards.

The UNDP confirmed the incident, saying "all UNDP staff are safe and sound" after the blast.

The injured are staff from a private security company, according to the UN agency.

Somalia-based extremist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted UNDP staff.

Somali security forces have arrested nine suspected Al-Shabaab members in nearby areas for alleged involvement in the attack.

The explosion comes barely two days after a twin car bomb attack killed at least two people near the UN base in Mogadishu.

Al-Shabaab militants launched an ambush on the UNDP compound in Mogadishu in June 2013, killing 15 people.

The group has carried out frequent attacks in Somalia, many of them in Mogadishu, in its decade-long fight against the government.

Al-Shabaab suspects nabbed in Somali capital over solider’s death

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somalia security forces on Tuesday arrested two suspected members of Al-Shabaab militant group in an operation in the capital Mogadishu over the killing of a government solider.

Benadir Police Commisioner, Bishar Abshir Gedi, said the suspects were believed to be behind the killing of the soldier in Mogadishu’s Yakhshid district on Monday night.

The soldier’s death came hours after Al-Shabaab militants carried out twin suicide car bomb attacks in Mogadishu on Monday, claiming they killed over 30 people. The exact number of casualties in the attacks is still unknown




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