On Monday,a military officer said the Somali National Army (SNA), has killed a senior Shabab operative and arrested two others in an operation in the Middle Shabelle region.


Abshir Mohamud, SNA commander for Unit 3, told military radio that the army conducted a planned operation on Sunday along the road linking Balad and Jowhar towns in southern Somalia and inflicted casualties on the militants.

He said “Our forces killed a senior Shabab commander, who was in charge of planting landmines in the Middle Shabelle region,’’ Mohamud said, adding that the forces also killed Mohamud’s bodyguard and apprehended two other senior Shabab leaders in the operation.”

Somali government forces have intensified operations against al-Shabab in southern regions, but the militants still control some rural areas in those regions, conducting ambushes and planting landmines.

The Somalia government has signed a deal with Chinese manufacturer Sinopharm to supply it with 200,000 doses of it’s Sinovac vaccine to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Local media reports that Somalia’s ambassador to China Awale Kullane signed the agreement on behalf of his country.

Recall that Somalia began its inoculation campaign on 16 March after receiving 300,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab through the Covax initiative, which aims to ensure tthat vaccines are shared fairly among all nations.

The Somalia police force has disclosed that four men have been arrested In relation to a teenage girl who was raped and murdered. 

It was gathered that the teenage girl on Friday, was sexually abused by a gang and then thrown from a six-story building in the capital, Mogadishu. 

The incident which led to hundreds of women taking to the streets of Mogadishu on Sunday to protest and demand justice.

A legislation has been passed by Somalia’s lower house of parliament that gives women 30% of seats in both parliamentary chambers.

Overtime, women have been complaining of under-representation in the country’s politics. However, some male aspirants who were hoping to win a seat in upcoming elections have rejected the new legislation, stating that people should have the right to choose whatever candidate they want.

The lower house has a total of 274 seats while the upper house has 54 seats. 

Police have disclosed that at least six people have been confirmed dead and others injured after a minibus hit a landmine near Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

Local media revealed that the passengers who were on their way to a funeral were mostly from the same family.

At the time of reporting, no group has claimed it was behind the blast.

Although, militant Islamist group al-Shabab are said to usually plant landmines along key roads.

“So far we know the blast killed six people and injured others. The death toll may rise,” police officer Farah Hassan told reporters.