Mogadishu (HOL) - A former rebel commander and spokesman with the Al-Qaeda affiliated militant insurgency group Al-Shabaab plans to run as a candidate in regional elections in Somalia, HOL has learned.
US and Somali forces who raided the family home of a former president and detained three teenagers may have been acting on misleading intelligence, according to officials in the unstable east African country.
The Islamic Development Bank has suspended a multimillion dollar project in Somalia due to accusations of corruption and mismanagement.
As the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) prepares to implement the planned phased withdrawal of more than 21,000 troops fighting militant groups, including al-Shabab and the Islamic State in Somalia, some experts are concerned that the country may not be prepared to take on the task in the face of growing political divisions and lack of military equipment and training.
Six people were killed and another 16 injured when a car bomb exploded outside a local government office in Mogadishu on Monday, Somali police and rescue workers said.