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Man held in Somalia for ‘beheading’ his children

Police in Somalia said Wednesday they were questioning a man accused of beheading four of his children more than three years after divorcing their mother. Omar Shire Hassan was apprehended late Tuesday by the police in the central Somalia town of Beledweyne, situated about 300 kilometres (190 miles) north of…

Somalia suicide bomber was ‘U.S. citizen’: rebels

MOGADISHU — An American citizen of Somali origin was one of the two suicide bombers behind a twin attack on a pro-government military base in Mogadishu, the Islamist Shebab movement said on Sunday. Several pro-Shebab radio stations broadcast what they said were the last words of Abdusalam al-Muhajir who said…

Somali rebels stopping men fleeing drought

Somali rebels are blocking men fleeing harsh drought and forcibly recruiting them, while women and children who escape alone risk attack and rape in crowded camps, witnesses and officials said. “They captured me and beat me,” said Nor Ibrahim, who was attacked three times before he finally escaped into neighbouring…

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