Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Travel News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



AFRICA NEWS
65 Shebab insurgents killed in NE Somalia: army
by Staff Writers
Mogadishu (AFP) March 21, 2016


Somalia security forces have killed 65 Shebab Islamic insurgents who attacked coastal towns in the semi-autonomous Puntland area in the country's northeast, the regional army chief said Monday.

"The fighting is almost over and the security forces are now pursuing the remnants of the militants" after five days of clashes, General Muhidin Ahmed Muse told reporters.

"Sixty-five of the militants who have been misled into this war, have been killed so far and 31 others, most of them children, were captured alive," he added.

The Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab was ousted from Mogadishu in 2011 and has since lost much of the territory it once held.

Shebab attacks have increased in tempo recently, seen as an attempt to destabilise the internationally-backed government ahead of an election due later this year.

A group of the Islamic insurgents stormed a Somali military base outside the capital Mogadishu early Monday, claiming to have inflicted heavy casualties.

Both the Somali authorities and the insurgents regularly report having inflicted significant losses on the other, claims that are often impossible to verify.

Government sources told AFP that military equipment was flown into Puntland last week to help the local security forces to battle the newly-arrived insurgents.

Several residents of the region said they saw Shebab fighters come ashore aboard fishing boats last week armed with machine guns, mortars and rocket launchers.

Around 100 insurgents sought to take control of the villages of Garmal and Suuj, near the port of Eyl, a pirate hotspot, local officials and residents said.

There has been no word from Shebab on the fighting or their reasons for their surprise deployment in Puntland.

Puntland set up its own government in 1998, but unlike neighbouring Somaliland, it has not declared full independence.


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

.


Related Links
Africa News - Resources, Health, Food






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
AFRICA NEWS
Kenya army says killed 34 Shebab in Somalia firefights
Nairobi (AFP) March 20, 2016
The Kenyan military said Sunday it killed 34 Islamic insurgents in two separate battles in neighbouring Somalia this weekend. Military spokesman David Obonyo said two Kenyan soldiers were also killed and five others wounded when Shebab militants staged an ambush in Afmadhow, southern Somalia, on Saturday afternoon. "21 Shebab militants were killed," Obonyo said, during what he described ... read more


AFRICA NEWS
Launch of Dragon Spacecraft to ISS Postponed Until April

ILS and INMARSAT Agree To Future Proton Launch

Soyuz 2-1B Carrier Rocket Launched From Baikonur

ISRO launches PSLV C32, India's sixth navigation satellite

AFRICA NEWS
How the ExoMars mission could sniff out life on Mars

ExoMars on its way to solve the Red Planet's mysteries

Europe's New Mars Mission Bringing NASA Radios Along

Close comet flyby threw Mars' magnetic field into chaos

AFRICA NEWS
Permanent Lunar Colony Possible in 10 Years

China to use data relay satellite to explore dark side of moon

NASA May Return to Moon, But Only After Cutting Off ISS

Lunar love: When science meets artistry

AFRICA NEWS
Pluto's 'Snakeskin' Terrain: Cradle of the Solar System?

What's Eating at Pluto?

Methane Snow on Pluto's Peaks

Versatile Instrument to Scout for Kuiper Belt Objects

AFRICA NEWS
NASA's K2 mission: Kepler second chance to shine

Star eruptions create and scatter elements with Earth-like composition

Astronomers discover two new 'hot Jupiter' exoplanets

Sharpest view ever of dusty disc around aging star

AFRICA NEWS
Robert Goddard's Rocket and the Launch of Spaceflight

Engine Test Marks Major Milestone on NASA's Journey to Mars

NASA Prepares to Fly - First RS-25 Flight Engine Test Set for March

US to Buy Eight Russian RD-181 Rocket Engines

AFRICA NEWS
China's ambition after space station

Sky is the limit for China's national strategy

Aim Higher: China Plans to Send Rover to Mars in 2020

China's lunar probe sets record for longest stay

AFRICA NEWS
As Cold as Ice and as Old as the Sun: Cool Findings on Comet Churi

Comet's age revealed by the type of ice it carries

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft in thermal vacuum testing

Dawn's First Year at Ceres: A Mountain Emerges




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement