updated 1:42 PM MDT, Jun 27, 2017

Somalia's president calls for reunification

MOGADISHU,  (Xinhua) -- Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has called for reunification of the Federal Republic of Somalia and Somaliland to help make the Horn of Africa nation a great country again.
Speaking during celebrations to mark the 57th independence anniversary of the northern regions late on Monday, Mohamed urged Somalis to put aside their differences and unite for the betterment of the present and future generations.
"I am urging our brothers in the northern regions (Somaliland), the youth, the elderly, men and women that it is our responsibility to rega
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Breaking news Huge Explosion heard in waters off Somalia

A huge explosion has been heard from a ship off the coast of Somalia's Puntland region with flames seen rising from what was possibly a foreign naval vessel, an official has told Reuters.
"We heard (a) huge explosion and flame rising from the ship. I believe that the ship is foreign," Ali Shire, mayor of Puntland's port town of Alula, a pirate haven, told Reuters on Tuesday.
He said he believed the ship was likely a naval vessel because two foreign navy ships had helped rescue the crew.
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Reaction by EU Ambassador Veronique Lorenzo to the terror attack in Mogadishu

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By EU Ambassador to Somalia Ms. Veronique Lorenzo Europe

I am deeply saddened by the attack carried out on Wednesday night by Al-Shabaab at a popular hotel and restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia, targeting civilians, mainly youth, as they were celebrating Iftar, claimed multiple lives.  The attack manifests a blunt disrespect for the lives of the ordinary people.  I commend the response of the security forces and recognise the many sacrifices they have already made to bring peace to Somalia.
I offer my condolences to the victims and the families of those who have lost their lives and wish quick recovery of those injured.

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Somalia: Info Minister Hails Suspension of Controversial Twitter Account @Daudoo As Holder Breaks Silence Over Suspension

Information Minister Abdrahman Omar Osman has accused the twitter account Live From Mogadishu of being an Alshabaab sympathiser.

In an exclusive interview with Radio Dalsan Minister Osman hailed Twitter's decision to suspend the controversial account.

"He was promoting Alshabaab propaganda. Somali government respect freedom of expression but there are limits. He abused this freedom" Osman told Radio Dalsan.

"The account clearly violated twitter regulations and it therefore deserved suspension" Osman added.

The shadowy account holder broke his silence in a statement issued to Dalsoor news outlet.

He explained why he has chosen to remain anonymous "I have chosen to remain anonymous in order to continue reporting from my city (Mogadishu) without constant threat of being killed" he stated.

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Death toll in Somalia restaurant attack rises to 31 as 10 hostages freed.

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of a popular restaurant in Somalia's capital, killing at least 31 people and wounding several others, police said Wednesday night.

Two gunmen were killed in the restaurant attack as 10 hostages were freed.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein said there was confusion over whether gunmen fought their way inside the Pizza House restaurant after the blast. The restaurant is just meters away from another one, Posh Treats, that is frequented by the city's elite.

Most of the victims were young men who were entering the Pizza House at the time, Hussein said.

The Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab often targets high-profile areas of Mogadishu, including hotels, military checkpoints and areas near the presidential palace. It has vowed to step up attacks after the recently elected government launched a new military offensive against it.

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