Somalia

  • Al-Qaeda backs new Somali Shebab chief: statement September 8, 2014

    Mogadishu: Al-Qaeda has backed the new Islamist chief of Somalia's Shebab insurgents after his predecessor was killed in a US air strike last week, according to a statement broadcast on Monday on Shebab radio. "Our prayers also go to the new Emir, Ahmad Umar Abu Ubaidah to gain strength to continue...
  • Six militants killed in US Somalia strike September 2, 2014

    Mogadishu: Al-Shabab's top leader was in one of two vehicles hit on Monday night by a US military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said on Tuesday. The rebel commander would not say whether Ahmed Abdi Godane, the group's leader, was among the six militants killed. The two...
  • Indian-American pleads guilty to funding al-Qaeda groups July 13, 2014

    Washington: A 31-year-old Indian-American, caught in a FBI sting operation, faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to providing thousands of dollars in material support to three terror groups operating under al-Qaeda in war-torn Syria and Somalia. Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed was arrested last year in a Miami-based...
  • Al-Qaeda releases video of American kidnapped in Pakistan December 26, 2013

    Al-Qaeda has released a video of an American NGO worker kidnapped by it in Pakistan in 2011, in which he is shown asking US President Barack Obama to negotiate with his captors for his release. Warren Weinstein, 72, seen wearing a a grey tracksuit, sounded tired as he said he felt...
  • Nine Indian sailors rescued near Yemeni coast: report September 30, 2013

    Dubai: Nine Indian sailors, who were rescued from an ill-fated 'dhow' that sank nearly 90 nautical miles southeast of Al Mukalla coast in Yemen, have safely reached Oman, according to a report. Tajudin Baba, a traditional Arabian vessel or 'dhow', carrying cargo to Somalia, capsized between the UAE and Oman last...
  • Several Americans among terrorists who attacked Nairobi mall: Kenya official September 24, 2013

    Kenya's foreign minister says "two or three Americans" and "one Brit" were among those who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall. More than 60 people have been killed in the assault on the upscale mall, which has lasted for three days. The foreign minister, Amina Mohamed, said in an interview with PBS'...
  • Kenya mall attack: 59 killed, 30 people still in hostage September 22, 2013

    Nairobi: A day after the Nairobi attack took place, 30 people are still in hostage inside the Nairobi shopping mall where gunmen had killed at least 59 people on Saturday and injured 200 others. The casualties of the mall attack poured into hospitals hour on hour. The Kenyan Police are...
  • Two Indians among 43 killed in Kenya mall attack September 22, 2013

    Nairobi: Two Indians were amongst 43 killed in an attack on an upmarket shopping mall in Kenya's national capital on Saturday, raising concern and drawing global condemnation. The two Indians have been identified as 40-year-old IT professional Sridhar Natarajan and an eight-year-old child Paramshu Jain. Around 150 people have been injured...
  • 39 killed in Kenya mall attack claimed by militants September 22, 2013

    As many as 39 people were killed in an attack on an upmarket shopping mall in Kenya's national capital on Saturday, raising concern and drawing global condemnation. A security operation to rescue people from the popular mall, frequented by wealthy Kenyans and foreigners, was still underway till last report, Xinhua reported. Kenyan...
  • IMF recognises Somalia after 22 years of chaos April 13, 2013

    Washington: The International Monetary Fund has announced that it is recognising Somalia's new government after a 22-year break in relations with the once-chaotic country, part of a general push by the United States, United Nations and the West toward encouraging rehabilitation there. The US formally recognised the African nation's new government...
  • Obama calls al Qaeda 'shadow of former self' February 13, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama says al Qaeda is a "shadow of its former self," and does not pose the kind of threat to America that requires tens of thousands of US troops to fight abroad. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, the president said US troops...
  • Gujarat's malnutrition rate worse than Somalia: Katju December 24, 2012

    Bhopal: Press Council of India Chairman Markendya Katju on Sunday hit out at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi describing as "phoney" his claims of development in the state and saying its malnutrition rate was worse than Somalia. Katju said Modi had made tall claims about development...
  • Pirate problem a scourge that needs to be fought: SM Krishna October 2, 2012

    External Affairs Minister SM Krishna addressed the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Krishna spoke about the steps underway to tackle piracy and bring our captive sailors back. "Piracy is a scrouge that needs to be fought with the cooperation of other countries. Families...
  • Liberian vessel hijacked, 11 Indians on board May 12, 2012

    Mumbai: Suspected Somali pirates have struck again. Liberian oil tanker MT Smymi has been hijacked by the suspected pirates off the coast of Oman. Eleven Indians were among the crew members being held captive. The oil tanker was a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) and was carrying 1,35,000 tonnes of oil....
  • Pirates hijack vessel with 17 Indians on board April 9, 2012

    Mumbai: Somalian pirates have hijacked a Dubai-owned Nigeria-bound vessel and taken 22 crew members including 17 Indians hostage. The MT Royal Grace, a chemical tanker was hijacked on March 2 after it set off from a Sharjah port for Nigeria. Three Nigerians, one Pakistani and a Bangladeshi are also on board the...
  • Somalia blast caught on camera April 5, 2012

    At least six people, including two of Somalia's top sports officials, were killed when a female suicide bomber struck a ceremony at Mogadishu's national theatre. ...
  • Somalia: Female suicide bomber strikes, 6 dead April 5, 2012

    Mogadishu: At least six people, including two of Somalia's top sports officials, were killed when a female suicide bomber struck a ceremony at Mogadishu's national theatre in an attack Islamist rebels said was aimed at assassinating government ministers. Al Shabaab insurgents claimed responsibility for the blast on Wednesday that killed the...
  • Kidnapped British woman freed in Somalia March 22, 2012

    Somalia: A British tourist freed on Wednesday by Somali pirates after six months in captivity said she did not know for weeks that her husband was killed in the raid on a luxury beach resort on the Kenyan coast. "I just assumed he was alive," Judith Tebbutt said, speaking haltingly in...
  • Somali capital back on international air route March 7, 2012

    Mogadishu: Turkish Airlines started flights to Mogadishu this week, the first major international carrier to run a regular service to the Somali capital in more than two decades. Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag flew into Mogadishu to launch the twice-weekly Turkish Airlines service to Istanbul via Sudan's capital Khartoum. "Somalia was...
  • MV Iceberg: ship owner-pirates negotiations fail January 5, 2012

    Mumbai: The families of MV Iceberg hostages have said that they want to meet the ship owner and the government is considering facilitating a meeting with the Dubai-based owner. The negotiations between the ship owner and pirates have failed. Six Indian hostages have been in the pirates' captivity for almost two...
  • Suicide bomber hits Somali capital, dozens killed December 7, 2011

    Nairobi: A suicide bomber struck the Somali capital on Tuesday, the latest in a wave of deadly attacks in Mogadishu, and dozens of Islamist rebels and Somali government troops have been killed in fighting in the south. The car bomb exploded 50 metres from the recently reopened Turkish embassy, near to...
  • Al Qaeda says it is holding US hostage in Pak December 2, 2011

    Islamabad: Al Qaeda claimed responsibility on Thursday for the kidnapping of a 70-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan in August, and issued a series of demands for his release. In a video message posted on militant websites, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri said Warren Weinstein would be released if the United...
  • India drops 11 places to 95th in corruption index December 1, 2011

    New Delhi: The latest Transparency International corruption index is out and predictably India has slipped lower on the list. India is now ranked 95th on the list - worse than China, but better than Pakistan that's ranked way below at 134th. India is perceived to be more corrupt than China which...
  • Somali pirates jailed for 10 years in Yemen November 20, 2011

    Sana'a: A Yemeni criminal court has sentenced 10 Somalis to 10 years in prison after convicting them of piracy in Yemen's territorial waters, the state-run Saba news agency reported. The court based in Mukalla, the provincial capital city in Yemen's southeast province of Hadramout, said that the convicts were arrested while...
  • UNSC adopts India-backed resolution on piracy October 25, 2011

    United Nations: UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted an India-co-sponsored resolution on piracy in Somalia, taking on board, at India's initiative, the issue of prosecution of convicted pirates not only for acts of piracy but also for hostage taking. Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed attended the Security...
  • Kerala: mobiles in jails hint at terror links October 21, 2011

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Police have submitted an alarming report to the state government on the seizure of 120 mobile phones from the state's prisons. The reports hints that there could be a terror link to Kerala's jails and some prisoners may be orchestrating terror from jail. The report, submitted by Additional Director...
  • Somali militants threaten suicide attacks in Kenya October 18, 2011

    Mogadishu: Somali militants on Monday threatened to bring down Nairobi skyscrapers after Kenya sent hundreds of troops into Somalia. The threat emanated from the same lawless country in which the al-Qaida masterminds behind 1998 bombings of two US embassies sought refuge. The Kenyan invasion comes at a time when al-Shabab has...
  • British, US forces storm hijacked ship off Somalia October 12, 2011

    Rome: British and the US forces on Tuesday stormed an Italian cargo ship in the Indian Ocean in an operation to free the crew including six Indians that was hijacked by Somali pirates on Monday, an Italian defense ministry spokesman said. The 11 pirates who hijacked the Montecristo have all been...
  • Italian ship attacked by pirates off Somalia October 11, 2011

    Rome: An Italian ship came under attack by five pirates off the coast of Somalia on Monday, its owner said, and one pirate said the vessel was under their control. The company, D'Alesio Group, said it had lost contact with the Montecristo after the attack at 6:45 am Italian time (0445...
  • Truck bomb in Somalia kills 70: sources October 5, 2011

    Mogadishu, Somalia: Islamist militants detonated a truck bomb on Tuesday in front of the education ministry in Somalia's capital, killing at least 70 people and wounding dozens including students and parents who were awaiting the results of scholarships. It was the biggest attack in Somalia's capital since the al Qaeda-linked group...