Kenya, Somalia leaders agree to ease recent tensions

MOGADISHU, March 6 (NNN-AFRICANEWS) — The presidents of Somalia and Kenya have in a phone conversation agree to ease recent tensions following a heightened diplomatic row, that informed Kenya warning Somalia against threatening its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

According to Somalia’s presidential communication team, president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta spoke on Thursday morning and agreed to work together to improve border security.

Somalia declares ‘national emergency’ over locust plague

MOGADISHU, Feb 3 (NNN-AFRICANEWS) — Somalia declared the invasion of locusts as a national emergency.

Locusts have devastated food supplies in one of the poorest and most vulnerable regions of the world.

A Sunday statement by Somalia’s Agriculture ministry said the move is due to current upsurge of locusts, which constitute a major threat to the fragile food security in the country.

The statement added that food sources for people and their livestock are under threat.

Somalia ranked world’s most corrupt nation

BERLIN, Jan 24 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Somalia is still ranked the world’s most corrupt country, according to the just released 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).

The index is published annually by Transparency International (TI) and assesses the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 180 countries.

According to TI, the country’s poor rule of law has created room for everything from “petty bribery to high-level political corruption”.

Nine injured in Somali bombing flown to Turkey for treatment

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Nine people injured in a bomb attack on Saturday in Somalia, including three Turkish nationals, were being flown to Turkey on Tuesday for medical treatment, Turkey’s ambassador to Mogadishu said.

Mehmet Yilmaz told a news conference that Ankara would continue aid work in the country despite recent attacks by Islamist group al Shabaab that have targeted Turkish workers.

“This will not stop us from helping Somalia,” Yilmaz said. “We shall continue work. Somalia and Turkey have good relations.”

Islamist group al Shabaab claims Somalia bomb attack that killed three

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist militant group al Shabaab said it was responsible for a bomb blast on Wednesday near the presidential palace and other government buildings in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu that city authorities said had killed three people.

The attack appeared to be part of an intensified campaign over the past two weeks by the al Qaeda ally in Somalia and neighboring Kenya, which have porous borders and often ad hoc methods for sharing intelligence.

Al-Shabaab militants claim huge Mogadishu bomb attack

1 January 2020; AFP: Al-Shabaab Islamist militants have claimed responsibility for Saturday's massive car bomb in the Somali capital Mogadishu that killed 81 people, including two Turkish citizens.

The attack hit a busy checkpoint in the southwest of the city, leaving vehicles charred and twisted at a crossroads in the deadliest assault in two years in the Horn of Africa country.

US strikes in Somalia kill four

Washington, Dec 30 (AFP/PTI) The United States military said it killed four "terrorists" in airstrikes against the Al-Shabaab militant group in Somalia on Sunday, a day after the country's deadliest attack in two years.

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) conducted three airstrikes in two locations in the conflict-hit east African nation on Sunday targeting Al-Shabaab militants, it said in a statement.

Turkey evacuate wounded after deadly Mogadishu blast

MOGADISHU, Dec 30 (NNN-AGENCIES) — A Turkish military cargo plane landed in the Somali capital to evacuate people badly wounded in a devastating truck bombing in the city that killed at least 90 people, including two Turkish nationals.

The plane also brought emergency medical staff and supplies, according to a tweet from the Turkish embassy, adding these had been transferred to a Turkish-run hospital in Mogadishu.

At least 90 people killed in Mogadishu checkpoint blast

29 Dec 2019; MEMO: At least 90 people were killed and dozens were wounded when a bomb-laden vehicle exploded at a bustling checkpoint in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, an international organisation working in the country said, in one of the most deadly recent attacks, reports Reuters.

The dead included many students and two Turkish nationals, the Somali foreign minister said.

Rescuers carried bodies past the twisted wreckage of a vehicle and a minibus taxi smeared with blood.

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