(Xinhua) -- Unidentified airstrike
targeted suspected Al-Shabab militants in their hideouts in two
locations of southern Somalia on Sunday, residents and security
officials confirmed on Monday.
The security officials
said the airstrikes bombarded the insurgents’ hideouts in El-Adde
and Goof areas on Sunday, inflicting injuries on the militants.
"Unknown airstrikes hit El-Adde and Goof locations in
The militants suffered heavy casualties during the strikes
over El-Adde though exact battle damage assessments have been
not established," said a security official who declined to be
Local residents said they have not established whether Kenya
Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers who are part of the African Union
Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) were behind the latest airstrikes in
southern part of the Horn of Africa nation.
In January 15, 2016, al-Shabab fighters attacked a KDF camp
in El-Adde in southern Somalia, killing some 100 soldiers in the
worst attack since the troops crossed into the Horn of Africa
nation in 2011.
Since the deadly attack, the Kenyan soldiers have been
targeting the El-Adde area which lies near Garbaharey town in
Gedo region to flush out the militants.
The United States military which last year carried out about
30 airstrikes against al-Shabab has also intensified assault
against the al-Qaida allied terrorist group in the recent past.
Sub-Saharan Africa records
sharp rise in Islamist militant attacks: report
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The number of Islamist militant attacks increased
from 317 in 2013 to 1,549 in April in sub-Saharan Africa, an
international risk and strategic consulting firm, Control Risks,
said in a report released on Wednesday.
The risk consultancy firm said while some of the attacks are
inspired by the Islamic State (IS) that loses its grip in its
Middle Eastern heartland, the drivers behind this rise in
sub-Saharan Africa are more complex.
"The many shades of political and ideological violence and
militancy in play across the globe are part of a complex picture
of risk and opportunity facing businesses and organizations,"
said the consultancy firm.
In the report, Changing Patterns in Terrorism and the Threat
to Business, Control Risks says Somalia, which witnessed 879
incidents over the period, accounted for over half of the
Islamist militant incidents recorded across sub-Saharan Africa.
According to the report, the only other East African country
affected during the period was Kenya, with 79 incidents.
The Somalia-based extremist group, al-Shabab have carried out
increased terrorist attacks targeting public places, government
installations and military bases manned by the African Union
Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
The Somali militants are fighting to overthrow the
internationally-recognized government and impose sharia law in
The firm says West Africa accounted for 36 percent of the
incidents, Nigeria suffered most (220 incidents), followed by
Mali (194) and Cameroon (96).
"Although the total number of Islamist militant attacks in
Southern Africa was relatively low - 56 incidents in total; 43
in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 12 in Mozambique, 1 in
South Africa - the rise in attacks particularly in Mozambique,
where the first attack was recorded on October 5, 2017, is
concerning," it said.
Somalia reclaims airspace
after years of operations from Kenya
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The Somali Civil Aviation and Meteorology
Authority (SCAMA) and the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) have jointly agreed to close the office in
Kenya's Nairobi after nearly 30 years.
SCAMA, which regulates civil aviation activities in the Horn
of Africa nation, said the airspace will now be controlled
within Somalia as part of his government's commitment to restore
important public service.
"We are pleased to announce that from today (Monday) onwards
the office operating in Nairobi has been closed and work will
resume from Somalia.
Somalia's airspace will be controlled within Somalia after
nearly 30 years," the regulator tweeted the announcement seen on
The move comes after the Somalia government in December 2017
inaugurated the offices and also installed equipment at
Mogadishu International Airport, saying the move represents a
significant step towards the development of the country.
ICAO has been controlling Somalia's airspace from its
regional office in Nairobi since the fall of the country's
central government in 1991. The UN body has also been collecting
revenue on behalf of Mogadishu.
The government has since relocated more than 30 air
controllers who were working in Nairobi to operate in Mogadishu.