SOMALIA – PM declared a national disaster on Tuesday. The UN estimates five million people now face starvation. Thousands have streamed into the capital Mogadishu in search of food. The r deaths announced by PM HASSAN Ali Khaire come from the Bay region of South West Somalia.
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SOMALIA – Deaths were a result of Al Shabab attack on a African Union base. The African Union comprises of 22,000 soldiers from five countries – including Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi and Uganda. They are backed by US air power – including drone strikes which have targeted Al Shabab operatives.
MOGADISHU – Al Shabab has dismissed the claim. US says it carried out the air strikes over the weekend because of an imminent threat to the government at Mogadishu.
SOMALIA – Hasan Sheikh Mohamed said between 180 to 200 Kenyan soldiers were killed in an attack at a base on January 15. The base was next to the border with Kenya.
ADDIS ABABA – Drone base in southern Ethiopia was used to target al Shabab fighters in Somalia. US official says the base is no longer necessary.
YUSUF Diri was killed by gunmen in his car. Somalia’s capital has seen a number of attacks since al Shabab were pushed out of Mogadishu by African peacekeepers in 2011. The current Somali administration is backed by the US who conduct drone strikes against the militants who they say are an affiliate of al Qaeda.