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Devastating Roadside Blast Kills 8 Somali Soldiers, Injures 11

MOGADISHU (AX) — On Saturday, a grim episode unfolded in Somalia's Bay region as a roadside bomb claimed the lives of at least eight Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers, including a high-ranking commander. Another 11 soldiers found themselves wounded in the brutal blast, according to a top military honcho. Chief of Defence Forces Ibrahim Sheikh Muhidin confirmed the tragic event, stating that commander Mohamed Dhere perished in the explosion. Dhere, who helmed the 8th Battalion in Sector 60, fell victim when his convoy…

Muslim Devotees Gather at Mount Arafat for Peak Hajj Worship

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Beneath the inferno in the heavens, over 1.83 million Muslims from far corners of the globe gathered Saturday at a revered hill in Saudi Arabia for prayer and introspection in the blazing heat.This rite at Mount Arafat, dubbed the hill of mercy, stands as the pinnacle of the Hajj pilgrimage. It remains the most indelible moment for many pilgrims, who unite in beseeching God for compassion, blessings, prosperity, and health. This hill lies about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of…

Catastrophic Migrant Boat Wreck off Yemen: 49 Confirmed Dead, 140 Still Missing

Mogadishu (AX) - A calamity off Yemen’s coast has led to the death of at least 49 migrants, with 140 more reported missing after their boat capsized on Monday, as confirmed by the United Nations' International Organization for Migration (IOM). The boat, which set off from Somalia’s northern coast, was ferrying around 260 passengers, mostly from Somalia and Ethiopia, across the perilous 200-mile (320-kilometer) stretch of the Gulf of Aden. So far, rescue teams have saved 71 people, but with 140 still missing, hopes are…

Somali Government Urges Rapid Removal of Burials from School Policia Cemetery in Mogadishu

Mogadishu (AX) - Residents of Mogadishu have ten days to remove their relatives' remains from the School Policia cemetery, where a naval base is set to be constructed.At a press briefing held at the cemetery Monday, Defense Minister, Somali Police Force Commander, Banadir region's Deputy Security Commissioner, and notable Sheikhs demanded the immediate exhumation of bodies.Defense Minister Abdulkadir Mohamed Noor underscored that the land, originally federal property, is intended to serve as a command hub for the Somali Navy…

Clan Clashes in Somalia Leave 55 Dead

A brawl erupted over the weekend between two tribes in central Somalia, resulting in at least 55 fatalities and 155 injuries, according to locals and healthcare workers on Monday.Somalia's federal government is grappling not only with the ferocity of the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab, but also with clan disputes over territory and water resources in this Horn of Africa nation.The Dir and Marihan clans, once united against al Shabaab, clashed on Saturday in the towns of Abudwaq and Herale, in the Galmudug region, due to…

16 Dead as Somali Forces Thwart al-Shabab Assault on Military Base

DhusaMareeb (AX) - A bunch of about 16 al-Shabab militants met their doom when they botched a brazen assault on a Somali military encampment in El-Dher district, nestled in Galgadud, this crack-of-dawn Saturday.The ruckus kicked off with booms, swiftly turning into an intense gunfight between the insurgents and soldiers.According to Somali authorities, the army, with a little help from local clan warriors, fended off the raid, thanks to an early heads-up from the good folks of the district."We chalked up sixteen militant…

South Korea Vows Significant Assistance to Somalia at African Summit

SEOUL, South Korea (AX) — South Korea has pledged support for Somalia's growth initiatives. This announcement came after high-level discussions between Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre and his South Korean counterpart, Han Duck-soo, in Seoul during the first-ever South Korea–Africa Summit. The conversation spotlighted a partnership grounded in mutual gain, focusing on crafts, skill enhancement, economic foundations, and tech."Prime Minister Han Duck-soo of South Korea has vowed to aid Somalia in developing vital…

Seven More Victims Unearthed in Shakahola Forest, Death Count Escalates to 436

Government pathologist Johansen Oduor has reported that the death count has now reached 436. In the latest efforts at Shakahola forest, seven additional cadavers were unearthed, marking the inception of the operation's fifth phase. Oduor also noted that plans are in place for fifty graves to undergo exhumation. Specialists from the DCI’s homicide squad are spearheading the dig, with support from various sectors. Meanwhile, the government has relinquished custody of the final batch of 34 identified remains. Previously, over…

Boosting Military Cooperation: Somali and Turkish Defense Ministers Forge Stronger Bonds at EFES-2024 in Izmir

Somali Defense Minister Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur met with Turkish Defense Minister Yaşar Güler during the EFES-2024 Exercise's Distinguished Observer Day in Izmir. The ministers discussed enhancing defense relations between their nations. "Our Turkish comrades play a crucial role in strengthening our military, advancing it, and combatting the Khawarij," stated the Somali Defense Minister. The Defense Industry Products Exhibition on May 29-30 will exhibit products from 47 defense firms. The exercise will allow participating…

Green Diplomacy: Somali Foreign Minister Initiates Sustainable Tree Planting Campaign at Ministry Headquarters

In Mogadishu, Somali Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Amb. Ahmed Moallim Fiqi Ahmed, initiated the planting of 2,000 fruit, shade, and flower trees near the Ministry's headquarters. The event was attended by Ministry officials and staff as part of the Somalia Greening Campaign to show their dedication to environmental sustainability and the creation of green spaces. Minister Fiqi stated, "We are planting 2,000 fruit, flower, and shade trees as a part of the Somali Greening Campaign at the Ministry…

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