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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Somalia

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2022
# al-Shabaab
At least four dead in hotel siege in Somalia's capital Mogadishu
Al-Shabaab, a militant group affiliated with Al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
# Mogadishu
At least 100 people killed by two car bombings in Somalian capital
The president, prime minister and other senior officials were meeting to discuss efforts to combat violent extremism.
# Terrorism
At least four dead in Somalia hotel attack by Al-Qaeda-linked group
A booby-trapped car rammed the entrance of Hotel Tawakal this morning
# New York
Coveney responds to Tommy Tiernan's criticisms of Irish Govt's overseas development shortfalls
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney says next week’s budget will see a significant increase in the overseas aid budget.
# hotel siege
Death toll in Somalia hotel siege climbs to 21
21 people have died and 117 have been wounded in the assault that began on Friday evening and lasted over a day.
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# national crisis
National emergency declared in Somalia over locust infestation
Swarms formed in eastern Ethiopia and northern Somalia and have moved through the region.
# Mogadishu
Death toll rises to 78 after truck bomb explodes during rush hour in Somali capital
Mayor Omar Mohamud Mohamed said that university students were among those killed.
# Kismayo
Election candidate among 26 people killed in attack on Somalia hotel
A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the hotel before armed gunmen forced their way inside.
# Somalia
This malnourished 5-year-old girl had her life saved thanks to Irish donations
Charity Concern Worldwide heaped praise on the Irish public after €1.5 million was donated to its east Africa appeal.
# Somalia
Over 230 dead and 275 injured in worst single attack in Somalia's history
Doctors struggled to assist horrifically wounded victims following the blast, many burned beyond recognition.
# Mogadishu
At least 20 people killed in Somalia truck bombing
Government security official Mohamed Aden said that bombing took place in a busy part of the city.
# Pizza House
Eleven people killed as gunmen hold hostages at Somali city restaurant
The attack began when a car bomb exploded outside a Pizza House restaurant in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.
# Somalia
Somali official sacked after his bodyguards 'accidentally' shot dead a minister
Three members of the auditor-general’s security team have been arrested.
# Famine
World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945 - UN official
There is a looming risk of famine in a number of countries.
# Somalia
'Trump seems to have made me an alien': Mo Farah hits out at US President
“It’s deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home.”
# Mogadishu
At least 11 people killed in 'horrific' bombing at busy Somali market
The death toll is likely to rise.
# Somali Pirates
Sailors held hostage for nearly five years 'ate rats' to survive
The men – from China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia and Taiwan – were captured by Somali pirates in 2012.
# suicide car bomber
Suicide car bomb targets Somalian hotel
The attack was claimed by Shabaab jihadists.
# Islamic Extremists
Over 150 killed in drone strike in Somalia - US officials
The Pentagon has said that it has hit an al-Sheebab training camp where a “large-scale” attack was being planned.
# Somalia
One passenger confirmed missing after blast rips hole in airplane
There are reports that a man was sucked out of the hole in the plane.
# Somalia
Man 'sucked out of plane' after explosion
The pilot said he thought the blast was caused by a bomb.
# shebab
At least 19 dead after bomb blast in Somalian seaside resort
After a huge explosion, gunmen burst into the restaurant yesterday evening as diners were sitting down for their evening meal.
# Bah Humbug
Another country has banned Christmas
The move comes out of fear of Islamist attacks.
# Texas Shooting
Islamic State militants say they've struck the US for the first time
The group says the US will see ‘the soldiers of the Islamic State do terrible things’.
# Massacre
147 killed after gunmen stage pre-dawn attack on Kenyan university
The masked gunmen stormed the university in the northeastern town of Garissa as students were sleeping.
Voices
Column: The forgotten crises that don't make the evening news still deserve our attention
In marking the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, we should also look to conflicts in Central African Republic and South Sudan, writes Joe Costello TD.
Voices
Column: 'It was done one day without warning' – a terrifying story of genital mutilation
Female Genital Mutilation involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia with the aim of reducing a women’s enjoyment of sex. This abominable practise must be stopped, writes David Dalton.
# shipping
Clampdown on Somali pirates leads to 40 per cent drop in incidents worldwide
15 incidents were attributed to Somali pirates last year — down from 237 in 2011.
# high seas
Somali piracy is down 90 per cent from last year
New security measures take effect – but there are still “suspicious approaches” to ships.
# Kenya
Four charged by Kenyan court over Westgate mall attack
The men were charged with supporting a terrorist group, although none are accused of being the gunmen involved in the attack.
# it's britney pirates
Britney Spears' music is being used to scare away Somali pirates
Apparently they really can’t stand her.
# Brussels
Notorious Somali pirate 'Big Mouth' nabbed in undercover operation
The pirate, Mohamed Abdi Hassan, was arrested after going to sign what he thought was a movie contract.
# us raids
Raids show terrorists "can run but they can't hide" --- John Kerry
US forces captured a suspect in the 1988 US embassy bombings during a raid in Libya. Another raid, targeting a militant in Somalia, was aborted after a gun battle.
# counterterrorism
US stages raids targeting Islamist leaders in Africa
A Libyan militant suspected in the 1998 US embassy bombings was captured by US forces. A leader of the Shabab group was targeted in southern Somalia in a second raid.
# lampedusa
Doctors ‘run out of coffins’ on tragic Italian island
More than 130 people drowned in the horrific tragedy as doctors say they have run out of coffins.
# medecins sans frontieres
Médecins Sans Frontières closes centres in Somalia after attacks on staff
After 22 years of work, MSF blames civilians leaders’ tolerance of these abuses.
# helping hand
Drought, famine, conflict or a combination of all 3 - Madigan visits Somali refugee camp
The Leinster and Ireland star was joined by club captain Leo Cullen on a trip to a teeming refugee camp in Ethiopia.
# Refugees
One person became a refugee every four seconds last year
Over one million people fled across international borders last year with 6.5 million displaced in their own home countries.
# aaaargh
Women 'embarrassed' after dressing as pirates to meet former Somali hostage
“There he was delivering this harrowing story about how he was held hostage and feared for his life, and we were all sitting there dressed as Captain Hook.”