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US soldier hurt, 2 Somali soldiers dead in al-Shabab attack

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A U.S. soldier was wounded and two Somali soldiers were killed when an al-Shabab suicide bomber tried to pass a checkpoint and attack a military compound in southern Somalia but was stopped by U.S. and Somali forcesBy ABDI GULED Associated PressSeptember 7, 2020, 9:00 PM• 2 min readMOGADISHU, Somalia -- A U.S. soldier was wounded and two Somali soldiers were killed when an al-Shabab suicide bomber tried to pass a checkpoint and attack a military compound in southern Somalia but was stopped by the partner forces, the countries said Monday.A Somali information ministry statement said the attack occurred Monday morning about 60 kilometers (10 miles) north of the port city of Kismayo. Three other Somali soldiers were wounded and an al-Shabab extremist was killed, it said.“The U.S. service memb...

Ailing Iranian held by Somali pirates is released

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A humanitarian group working to free people taken hostage by Somali pirates in recent years says an Iranian man held for four-and-a-half years has been released and is on his way home. A statement Saturday by the Hostage Support Partnership says Mohammad Sharif Panahandeh had become increasingly ill and couldn't have survived much longer. The organization says he was one of four remaining hostages held in Somalia. Their Iranian fishing vessel was captured in March 2015. The statement says Panahandeh will return to Iran in the coming days after medical tests, adding that the three remaining hostages are being held in "appalling conditions." Piracy off Somalia has dropped in recent years after a multinational patrolling effort.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: International
Somali refugees who fled drought, extremism face ration cuts

Somali refugees who fled drought, extremism face ration cuts

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Some walked for days to escape the threat of Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist group and the desperation of drought. But the problems for more than 200,000 Somali refugees are far from over. Now huddled in five sprawling camps in Ethiopia, the refugees face ration cuts in the coming months unless more international support arrives. Their plight is often overlooked in a region where hunger and conflict in Somalia and South Sudan put millions at risk. "The projection we have is that our already reduced aid handout for these Somali refugees is sustainable only up to March 2018," Edward Moyo with the World Food Program told The Associated Press during a visit to one of the camps. "How are we going to explain to a pregnant mother who has a number of other children that we are going to cut h...