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2016-10-24 Fifteen Killed, 20 Wounded in New Galkayo Battle
[Shabelle] At least 15 people are known to have been killed and up to 20 others were wounded in a renewed fighting between Puntland and Galmudug forces in the central town of Galkayo, reports said.

2016-10-24 Piracy Could Surge Off Coast, Experts Warn
[Shabelle] Even with maritime piracy at a 21-year low, experts are warning of a potential resurgence in East Africa among other risks.

2016-10-24 Pirates Free Hostages Held for Nearly 5 Years
[Al Jazeera] Somali pirates have freed 26 Asian sailors held captive in a small fishing village for more than four years, an official and a maritime expert said on Saturday.

2016-10-24 Three Killed, 2 Wounded in Mogadishu Car Bomb Blast
[Shabelle] At least three people were killed and two other persons wounded in a powerful car bomb blast in Mogadishu, Somali capital on Sunday evening, spokesman said. Speaking to Radio Shabelle, the spokesman of Somalia's internal security ministry said explosives-laden car has detonated near army convoy at Daljirka Dahson area.

2016-10-24 Ethiopia Withdraws From Halgan Town
[Dalsan Radio] Ethiopian troops fighting militant Islamist group al-Shabab have withdrawn from a key military base in central Somalia's Hiran region, residents say. Al-Shabab fighters have taken control of Halgan town following the withdrawal, the residents added.

2016-10-24 Pirates Releases 26 Fishermen Held Since 2012
[Dalsan Radio] Twenty six fishermen from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and other Asian nations held hostage by Somali pirates since 2012 have been released, after payment of ransom, local officials said.

2016-10-24 Silent War On Somalis in Port Elizabeth
[GroundUp] Hardly a day goes by without an attack, says Somali community

2016-10-24 EU Refunds Kenyan Troops Fighting Al-Shabaab in Somalia
[Shabelle] The Europe Union has released Sh198 million to the Treasury as refund for Kenyan troops fighting Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia after a seven-month delay attributed to a verification hitch.

2016-10-24 Humanitarian Impact of Fighting in Gaalkacyo
[Shabelle] Fighting continued for the third week in Gaalkacyo, leaving 18 people killed and 60 injured since 7 October 2016, according to local authorities.

2016-10-24 Ministry Confronts an Article, Argues It Misrepresented His Comments.
[Dalsan Radio] Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of the Federal Government of Somalia, Abdirahman Aynte strongly opposed an article written Media Network, which published the minister's comments on the country's educational standards.

2016-10-24 President Praises AMISOM for Role in Hirshabelle Formation
[Shabelle] The President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has hailed the contribution of AMISOM and development partners in the formation of Hirshabelle state.

2016-10-24 Al Shabaab Recapture Town After Allied Troops Pull Out
[Shabelle] Al shabaab militants regained control of a key district in central Somalia hours after Ethiopian soldiers of AMISOM contingent and SNA retreated from their bases without a battle on Saturday night.

2016-10-24 Al Shabaab Raids Afmadow Police Station, 3 Killed
[Shabelle] Heavily armed fighters from Al Shabaab have launched an overnight raid on Jubbaland army bases in the southern town of Afmadow, killing at least three people, and wounding 4 others.

2016-10-24 Tunisia and Somalia Apply to Join COMESA
[Shabelle] The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) is considering admitting Somalia and Tunisia into the bloc.

2016-10-24 Mortars Landed Inside AMISOM Bases
[Dalsan Radio] Suspected Al-Shabaab fighters have fired mortar shells on AMIOSM military bases at Janale town in lower shabelle region in southern of Somalia, residents say. Heavy explosions could be heard Saturday overnight by residents in neighborhoods of the town.

2016-10-24 Al Shabaab Attacks Military Base in KM-50 Area
[Shabelle] Al Shabaab has staged an overnight daring ambush attack on Somali military barracks in Km-5o area in Lower Shabelle region, residents and officials said.

2016-10-24 AMISOM Probes Killing of Civilians By Its Soldiers
[Shabelle] The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said on Friday it had launched a probe into the circumstances of a shooting by its soldiers that killed a driver and injured two others in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday evening.

2016-10-24 Al Shabaab Executes 3 Men in Sakow for Being Spies
[Shabelle] Al shabaab said on Friday it has publicly executed three men in Saakow town for working as spies for western intelligence, including the United states spy agency (CIA). According to the al-Shabaab media outlets said the thee were executed the two through a firing squad with hundreds of residents of the town gathering to witness the shooting.

2016-10-24 IOM, Saudi Arabia Aid Returnees From Yemen
[Dalsan Radio] Somalia - As the situation in Yemen continues to worsen, community leaders in Bossaso, Puntland State of Somalia, have met to brainstorm on ways to more sustainably provide jobs and access to basic services for Somali returnees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and affected communities.

2016-10-24 International Communities Calls on Government to Promote Freedom of Expression
[Dalsan Radio] The United States of America, United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Denmark, Ethiopia, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and United Kingdom urge the Federal Government of Somalia to promote and protect the universally recognized rights of freedom of expression and association, enshrined in the Provisional Constitution, and to investigate and swiftly bring to justice those who violate these freedoms and threaten those who exercise them.

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