US forces said Friday that two civilians had died in an airstrike in Somalia, the first time it has admitted non-combatant deaths since launching a wave of missiles targeting jihadist fighters.
Somalia's al Shabaab stormed a government building on Saturday, detonating a suicide car bomb in the heart of the capital Mogadishu with at least nine people, including an assistant minister, killed during an ensuing gun battle.
Somali soldiers have vacated at least three of their bases in protest over months of missed pay, a military officer and residents said on Wednesday, in what could be a boost for al Shabaab insurgents.
Heavy gunfire rang out across central Mogadishu on Friday as Somali special forces battled to dislodge insurgents who bombed a hotel, killing at least 29 people, then holed up with hostages in a neighbouring building.
President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullah Farmajo, has thanked the government and people of Qatar under the leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, for undertaking development and humanitarian projects in Somalia and for its assistance to the people and government of Somali
At least eight Somali soldiers were killed when the Al-Shabaab group overran their military camp on the outskirts of the town of Kismayo early Saturday, military officials and local elders said.
Qatar Charity implemented 421 water projects in Somalia, benefiting more than 1mn drought-affected people in the country.