Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Al Shabaab- Amisom clashes leave 18 dead in Somalia

09 August 2014, 16:45

Mogadishu - Somalia's hardline Islamists said they fought intense battles Saturday with government and African Union troops in the central Hiran region that left 18 people dead on both sides.

Shebab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab told AFP the deaths occurred after the group's fighters attacked a base of the AU force in Buloburde town, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu.

The casualties could not be immediately confirmed, but the Al-Qaeda-linked extremists said the dead included five of their own men.

The government said six Shebab had been killed, but gave no figures of any casualties on their side.

"Nine soldiers with the African Union, four of their Somali counterparts, and five mujahedeen from our Shebab were killed in the fight," Musab said.

Fighting began around midnight Friday, lasting about four hours into Saturday morning, he said.

"Our fighters went into the camp, that is where the killing took place," Musab added.

Troops from the 22,000-strong AU force captured Buloburde from the Shebab earlier in the year, but the Islamists control large parts of the rural area surrounding the town.

Somalia's Information Minister Mustafa Duhulow praised the security forces for repelling waves of attacks by Shebab fighters.

"Al-Shebab tried to come back several times in order to take their dead bodies, but they were defeated on all attempts," he said.

Shebab journalist 'killer' arrested

The Shebab continue to launch attacks in the heart of Mogadishu -- including recent brazen commando raids on the presidential palace and parliament -- in a bid to topple the internationally backed government.

The latest fighting comes amid growing warnings of a humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country, three years after more than 250,000 people, half of them children, died in a devastating famine.

The United Nations has warned that Somalia is sliding back into an acute hunger crisis, with more than 350,000 people in Mogadishu in need of food aid and parts of the city facing emergency levels just short of famine.

The Shebab, who once controlled most of southern and central Somalia, have been driven out of positions in Mogadishu and Somalia's major towns by the AU force.

The UN-mandated force is widely expected to launch a fresh push in coming weeks to seize the last few major settlements still in Shebab hands in southern Somalia, especially the port of Barawe.

Also on Saturday, Somalia's government said that a journalist accused of killing colleagues and working for the Shebab has been arrested in Kenya, and would be extradited to Mogadishu.

Several journalists have been killed in recent years in Somalia, one of the most dangerous countries in the world to work as a reporter.

"As a result of surveillance by the Somali security apparatus, the Kenyan security forces captured Hassan Hanafi Haji, wanted for the killing of a number of Somali journalists and other citizens," Information Minister Duhulow said in a statement.

"It is also alleged that he was also deeply involved in Al-Shebab's propaganda machine," Duhulow added, claiming that Hanafi was a "senior" member of the Islamist group.

The Shebab, who operate their own radio station and regularly release propaganda videos, were previously active on Twitter before their accounts were shut down.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Types of men that are a waste of ...

Most women end up heartbroken because they were trying to convince the wrong man to be in a relationship/ marriage. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Cheating is hardwork!

Cheating, although enjoyable by the person doing it initially, it gets to a point they start realizing that it was never even worth it. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Dating that one person that socie...

Works at a massage parlour. Works at Millionaires Club (that one on Baricho road) - you know the ones I am talking about. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
What do men mean when they say th...

As much as men think they are the ones confused by relationships, they have a better idea of it than most women actually do. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM rebels sweat in Kisii as Oran...

ODM rebels are sweating in Kisii after the Orange Party won by elections despite concerted efforts by the ruling Jubilee Party to win the elections. Read more...