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Five Killed in Somalia Car Bombing

At least five people including two children were killed on Monday in a car bomb blast outside government offices in the capital Mogadishu, a local government spokesman said.

The car, which was packed with explosives, was parked in front of shops near the headquarters of the city's local government.

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Somalia Executes Two Shebab Fighters for Killing Journalist

Two members of Somalia's Al-Qaida-linked Shebab jihadist group were executed by firing squad Saturday for the murder of a journalist killed by a car bomb last year, a judge said.

Abdirisak Mohamed Barow et Hassan Nur Ali, who admitted being Shebab members during their trial, were shot on Saturday morning in Mogadishu, Abdulahi Hussein Mohamed, deputy judge of the supreme military court told reporters.

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Kenya Army Says Killed 34 Shebab in Somalia Firefights

The Kenyan military said Sunday it killed 34 Islamic insurgents in two separate battles in neighboring Somalia this weekend.

Military spokesman David Obonyo said two Kenyan soldiers were also killed and five others wounded when Shebab militants staged an ambush in Afmadhow, southern Somalia, on Saturday afternoon.

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Somalia Shebab Disputes Numbers 'Martyred' in U.S. Airstrike

Somalia's Shebab insurgents said Tuesday that "several" fighters had been killed in a U.S. air strike on their training camp, but disputed Washington's claims that 150 were killed.

"The enemy fired several missiles during the evening and there are several martyred mujahedeen members”, said senior Shebab commander Sheik Ibrahim Abu-Ahmed, but he added that the U.S. military's toll was "completely false."

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Death Toll Rises to 14 after Mogadishu Bombings

The death toll rose to 14 on Saturday from massive bomb blasts outside a Mogadishu hotel and a park that was claimed by Somalia's Shebab Islamists, government and medical sources said.

Eighteen people were wounded in Friday's bombings, two of whom succumbed to their injuries on Saturday, Dr Mohamed Moalim of the Medina hospital in the Somali capital told AFP.

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Mortar Attack Kills Four in Somalia Capital

At least four civilians, including two children, were killed in Mogadishu on Thursday when a volley of mortar shells landed close to Somalia's presidential palace, police and witnesses said.

The four dead were all members of the same family. The two youngsters and their grandmother were killed at once and their father died later of his wounds.

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Somali, AU Troops Retake Key Port from Shebab

Somali government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers on Saturday recaptured the key port of Merka from Shebab insurgents, just one day after the Islamists swept into the city, the army and residents said.

"The Somali forces and AMISOM peacekeepers secured control of Merka again and now the situation has returned to normal," a Somali military official, Abdirisak Mohamed, told Agence France Presse by telephone from Mogadishu. 

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One Passenger Missing after Mystery Somalia Plane Blast

One passenger is missing after a blast on a commercial airliner that ripped a hole in its fuselage shortly after take-off from Somalia's capital, the airline said Thursday.

"All passengers except one disembarked safely after aircraft landed at the airport," Daallo Airlines said in a statement. "Investigations are underway to ascertain the cause of one missing passenger."

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Child Killed in Mortar Attack on Somalia Presidency

A child was killed and six others wounded in Mogadishu on Monday after mortar shells targeted Villa Somalia, the main government complex which includes the presidential palace, police said.

Witnesses said they heard as many as five explosions.

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Somalia Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Iran

Somalia said Thursday it had cut diplomatic ties with Iran amid a diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia.

A statement from Somalia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the "decision to sever diplomatic ties" and gave Iranian diplomats 72 hours to leave the Horn of Africa nation.

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