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Kenya police arrest seven over kidnapping Frenchwoman

By   /  October 7, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Mombasa (Alshahid)-Kenyan police have arrested seven people over the kidnapping of a handicapped Frenchwoman seized from her beachfront home at a prized resort island and taken to neighbouring Somalia. A police official who did not want to be named said seven suspects were being held for questioning. “Those in custody include a security guard […]

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Turkey airlifts Mogadishu blast victims

By   /  October 7, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-The Turkish government says it has evacuated 36 Somalis wounded in this week’s deadly suicide attack in Mogadishu. The injured were flown out of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on a Turkish Airlines plane and were received at Ankara airport by Health Minister Recep Akdag and Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag. Turkish foreign ministry […]

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Mogadishu Bombing Delivers a Slap to Turkey

By   /  October 7, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The truck bomb attack that killed more than 100 people in Mogadishu on Tuesday was a not entirely unfamiliar horror for the residents of a city locked in a permanent state of fratricidal warfare for two decades, but it highlighted the scale of a foreign policy challenge recently accepted by the government of Turkey. […]

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Forget secular education: Somali militant’s message before suicide attack

By   /  October 7, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The suicide bomber who killed more than 100 people, including students seeking scholarships, in an attack near Somalia‘s education ministry was a school dropout who had declared that young people should wage jihad and forget about secular education. Bashar Abdullahi Nur, who was to blame for the huge explosion on Tuesday that covered the […]

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Somali Refugees in Mogadishu Camps “Not safe from attack”

By   /  October 7, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen In an exclusive report, Channel 4 News has spoken to refugees who say women in camps in Mogadishu are being raped and not enough is being done to keep them safe. Somalia’s capital is now swollen with thousands of new refugees fleeing the drought caused by the failure of the last two expected periods […]

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ICRC launches new food distributions in areas under Alshabab control

By   /  October 6, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Geneva (Alshahid)-More than a million hungry Somalis living in southern and central areas hit hard by war and drought will start seeing much needed food distributed by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the agency said Wednesday. The distribution follows successful negotiations with the Alshabab militants who have control of the region. “While […]

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Alshabab threatens more attacks after the deadly blast

By   /  October 6, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-Somalia’s Alshabab militants have threatened more terror attacks that will “increase day by day” after a deadly suicide attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The suicide bomber killed more than 75 people on Tuesday after detonating a truck laden with explosives outside government buildings in Kilometer Four (K4) – a busy crossroads in […]

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ICC hearing: Defence teams ask judges to ignore prosecution evidence

By   /  October 6, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Hague (Alshahid)-Confirmation of charges hearings of Kenya Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura and former Police Chief Mohamed Hussein Ali ended on Wednesday before the International Criminal Court (ICC). In their closing statements, the three said that the prosecution has failed to show any evidence of planning, involvement of […]

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Can Somalia’s Islamist militants retake Mogadishu?

By   /  October 6, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen By Farouk Chothia BBC African Service Despite the recent setbacks Somalia’s militant Islamist group al-Shabab has suffered on the battlefield, it has shown that it still has the capacity to strike in the heart of the capital, Mogadishu. A suicide bomber killed more than 75 people on Tuesday after detonating a truck laden with […]

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OIC to dig 680 artesian wells in Somalia

By   /  October 6, 2011  /  Development, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Starting this month, about 680 artesian wells will be dug in 11 regions across Somalia at a cost of $82 million, said Atta Elmanan Bakhit, the Assistant Secretary General of Humanitarian Affairs of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC). “This is a first step in our recovery programme for Somalia,” Bakhit added yesterday at […]

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