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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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One Killed in Somali Shebab Mogadishu Mortar Attack

One civilian was killed and another seriously wounded Thursday when mortars fired by Islamist Shebab insurgents exploded close to the presidential palace in Mogadishu, police said.

Explosions were heard in the heavily guarded government district around Villa Somalia, the presidential palace, around noon on Thursday.

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Trump Muslim Remark Included in Islamist Propaganda Video

Republican White House frontrunner Donald Trump's call for a 'shutdown' on Muslims entering the U.S. have been used by Somalia's Shebab in a jihadist recruitment video, a U.S. group that monitors extremist propaganda said Saturday.

The Al-Qaida-affiliated Shebab use an excerpt from Trump's December 7 speech calling for a "total and complete shutdown" on Muslims entering the U.S. to try woo Muslims in the West to wage jihad, the SITE Intelligence Group reported.

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Three Injured in Mogadishu Suicide Attack

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday, injuring three people, police and witnesses said.

The attack targeted the Village Restaurant, an eatery in the south of the city popular with journalists and government officials which was already hit by a deadly suicide bombing in 2012.

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