Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Somalia car-bomb kills ex-defence minister: police

15 February 2016, 14:44

Mogadishu - Somalia's former defence minister was killed in a car bomb on Monday, the latest in a string of attacks in the capital Mogadishu, police said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion in the central K4 district of the city, but Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents have carried out similar bombings in the past.

Muhidin Mohamed, who was defence minister in 2008, "died after the violent elements attached an explosive device beneath the driver's seat of his car," said police officer Ibrahim Mohamed. "Another person was wounded in the attack."

The Shebab is fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu, which is protected by 22,000 African Union troops.

"I heard the explosion near the K4 area and I saw a dead body - he was horribly wounded with blood all over his body," said Samiro Muktar, a witness.

Meanwhile a military drone reportedly crashed in southern Somalia on Monday in a remote area held by Shebab fighters, residents said.

Also Read: Somali President reveals Boko Haram trained in his country

"We saw what looked like a small aircraft crashing in the mountains," said Abudlahi Muhidin, a resident in a nearby village. "Shebab fighters carried away the wreckage on a vehicle."

Several Shebab commanders have been reportedly killed by US drone strikes.

Shebab insurgents said they had seized the wreckage of an unmanned aircraft, which landed in a hilly region south of Bardhere in the far southern Gedo district, close to the border of Kenya and Ethiopia.

"Mujahedeen fighters secured control of the wreckage of the plane and the equipment it carried," a pro-Shebab website claimed.

The Islamists are on a mission to disprove claims they are close to defeat since being routed from Mogadishu in mid-2011.

Last week the Shebab claimed responsibility for a bomb attack which ripped a hole in a passenger plane shortly after takeoff from the capital Mogadishu earlier this month.


Tags somalia

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...