Somalia militants 'make their own bombs'

Al-Shabab militants in Somalia have begun making their own explosives, according to documents seen by the Reuters news agency. A confidential UN report links the development of homemade explosives by the Islamist extremists to an increase in bombings in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The claim is based on analysis by a panel of experts of […]

Somali refugee arrested over pirate attack on Italian oil tanker in 2011

By John Phillips talian police have arrested a 24-year-old Somali asylum seeker on charges of being one of a gang of jihadist pirates who seized an Italian oil tanker in the Persian Gulf in 2011. The tanker and its crew were held hostage for 10 months until a reported $11 million ransom was paid. To continue […]

UN Accuses Saudi-Led Coalition for Deaths off Yemen Coast

BY MICHELLE NICHOLS United Nations: UN investigators accused a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of carrying out a deadly March attack on a Somali migrant boat off Yemen and said the alliance had become a cover for some states to avoid individual blame, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters on Wednesday (July 26). The coalition fighting the Iran-allied Houthi militia in Yemen has denied striking the boat in the Red Sea near the port of Hodeidah. The […]

31 Somalis killed in raid off Yemen coast-source

CAIRO/DUBAI (Reuters) – Thirty-one Somali refugees were killed off the coast of Yemen late on Thursday when a helicopter attacked the boat they were travelling in, a local coast guard in the Houthi-controlled Hodeidah area said. Coast guard Mohamed al-Alay told Reuters the refugees, carrying official UNHCR documents, were on their way from Yemen to […]

Police oppose guilty plea of Somali pirates

The city police today opposed an application by 119 Somali nationals, arrested in 2011 for piracy in the Arabian sea, pleading guilty. Police said before the trial started, the accused had pleaded ‘not guilty’, and now they could not be allowed to change their stand when the trial was reaching its end. “We told the court […]

Japan to expand Djibouti military base to counter Chinese influence

By Nobuhiro Kubo Japan will lease additional land next year to expand a military base in Djibouti, eastern Africa, as a counterweight to what it sees as growing Chinese influence in the region, three Japanese government sources said. China is seeking closer ties with African nations that could help it gain access to natural resources […]