Topic: Casualties
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Abdi Jeylaani Malaaq (Marshaale) Assassinated in Mogadishu

At around 6:00pm local time, unknown gunmen assassinated a well-known and popular Somali comedian, Abdi Jeylaani Malaaq (Marshaale), in Mogadishu as he was on his way home, according to witnesses who spoke to Somalia Report

The suspects escaped from the scene before security forces arrived.

Marshaale’s close friend Abdala Talaash told Somalia Report that Abdi was a peaceful and loving man who was often laughing.

“It is very sad. It is shocking that gunmen would kill him, particularly during Ramadan. It is a month of worship and he was fasting. He was a patriotic man who loved his country,” said Abdala.

“He was very funny, too. From the last moment we have been producing a comedy program for Radio Kulmiye with another comedian, Abdi Muridi Ajakis. Abdi joined the program at the beginning of this Ramadan month," added the friend.

Abdi had been working as a freelance comedian for many radio and television stations based in the Somali capital including Radio Kulmiye and Universal TV.

Although the motive for the murder is known, he is the eighth journalist targeted by gunmen this year, sparking fear among local media professionals.

“We were often worried, but still trying to stick our efforts to bring the reality to our people. We are often the voice of the people, but this act of murder against such man is another frustration because he was not involved in political programs. He was entertaining the people, and he was loved by the people. I never believed that he will be targeted for any reason," Ali Baashi, a local radio journalist told Somalia Report.

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Col. Abdulahi Mohamed Hassan (Fara) Gunned Down
By JD 07/30/2012

Unknown gunmen shot and killed a well-known elder, Colonel Abdulahi Mohamed Hassan (Faray), and his brother this evening in Galka’ayo (Galkayo), located in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland, according to an eyewitness who spoke to Somalia Report.

“Unknown gunmen armed with pistols killed Colonel Abdulahi Mohamed Hassan ‘Faray’ and his brother, Osman Mohamed Hassan, as they were both both returning home for iftar (breaking the fast) from the Al-Taqwa mosque in Israac-village. The criminals fled the area before the people and police arrived,’’ Mustaf Hassan, an eyewitness told Somalia Report.

Sources from Galka'ayo added that police are investigating this case.

“After the incident a lot of police arrived in Israac village, particularly the area near the mosque, and began investigations and asking the people a lot of questions. Most of the residents went to their homes early because of the security operations,” Khaliif Osman, a resident in Galka’ayo told Somalia Report.

Col. Abdulahi Mohamed Hassan - popularly known as ‘Faray’ - was an officer in Somalia’s military in the central government led by Mohamed Said Barre. After the country collapsed, Faray became a well-known businessman in the Mudug region of the country.

Faray was a member Galka’ayo’s council from 2009 to 2010, and became a well-known elder who worked hard to develop social affairs in the region.

Puntland’s security officials have not yet commented on the death of the two brothers and Somalia Report's efforts to contact Mudug officials went unanswered.

This incident comes within a week of a massive security operation conducted by Puntland’s administration in Galka'ayo. In the holy month of Ramadan last year, gunmen killed Hassan Wallore, a well-known elder.

Galka'ayo is a city divided in half with Galmudug controlling the southern side and Puntland controlling the northern side.

Galka'ayo has been a hotbed of violence and the site of at least three kidnapping cases: two Danish Demining Group employees, one American journalist, and two Kenyan aid workers.

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MP Mohamud Abdi Garwayne Killed, 5 Wounded
Car Bomb (File Photo)
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Car Bomb (File Photo)

A car bomb killed a Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu’s Hamarweyne district on Monday morning and wounded five others, including three of his bodyguards and two civilians, according to government and al-Shabaab officials who spoke to Somalia Report.

Credible sources in the Somali Security Forces told Somalia Report that the bomb was concealed and fixed inside the car and not a suicide attack as earlier reported.

"The death toll remains at one person: MP Mohamud Abdi Garwayne," said government official Warsame Godah.

The victim was a former Islamist and member of the former Islamic Courts Union before he joined the current Transitional Federal Government (TFG) led by President Sharif Sheik Ahmed.

He served as a former minister for trade and industry and was a close friend of the president, according to TFG officials who spoke to Somalia Report.

Initial reports by witnesses suggested that the attack was carried out by suicide bomber, but a senior al-Shabaab official who declined to be named told Somalia Report they masterminded what he described as 'a high profile mission that enabled the death of the lawmaker.'

"It was not a suicide attack but that should be a clear message to other TFG officials and their foreign supporters that al-Shabaab fighters are still active in Mogadishu although the enemy is claiming we were forced to flee the capital," said the al-Shabaab official.

Witnesses, however, believed it was a suicide attack.

“I was here when the car went past at a high rate of speed, passing all the vehicles, but I was did not assume he was a suicide bomber. When the blast hit, I went down at once. When I raised my head, I saw everyone running around me and shouting. I saw three civilians, including a young lady, who were wounded in the attack," said eyewitness Sahra Mo’alim.

Shortly after the incident security forces reached on the scene and blocked the roads, firing gunshots in the air.

The hardline al-Shabaab militant group has been carrying out number of suicide attacks in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia’s southern regions against Somali and African Union troops.

Earlier on Sunday the interior minister of the transitional government, Abdi Samad Moalim, vowed to increase security in the city.

“As we are approaching the holy month of Ramadan, security should be highly tightened all around the country to avoid of further violent attacks by the terrorist groups. We have to be a vigilant," said Abdi Samad.

In the past, al-Shabaab has increased their suicide and guerrilla attacks during Ramadan.

One Boy Wounded in Waaberi District
Roadside Bomb in Somalia (File Photo)
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Roadside Bomb in Somalia (File Photo)
A roadside bomb targeting a Turkish convoy wounded one civilian, a young boy, in Mogadishu’s Waaberi district, according to witnesses who spoke to Somalia Report.

“It was a bomb planted alongside the road. Turkish workers, a convoy and soldiers were passing through the street when the blast detonated. One boy was slightly hurt from the incident but we don’t have any more casualties," said Liban Abdullah, a resident who spoke to Somalia Report shortly after the blast.

Another witness, Faduma Mohamed Edban, verified the incident.

“I was on a bus while heading home when we heard the blast of the explosion. Everyone was shocked. The scene near the street was smoking for a few minutes. Luckily there were no casualties and the place was full of government troops after the explosion," Faduma Edban told Somalia Report.

Faduma said the police and soldiers refused to allow personal and commercial vehicles to use the street immediately after the incident, but civilians were able to walk alongside the highway.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but locals believe al-Shabaab, the hardline Islamist group battling for control of Somalia, likely conducted the attack. The group confirmed they carried out a number of roadside attacks, assassinations and suicide bombings in Mogadishu in recent months.

Other news outlets claimed it was a suicide bombing.

Turkey is one of the foremost donor countries to Somalia since the United Nations declared famine in parts of the Horn of Africa last year. During the last nine months, Somalia has seen a high number of visits by Turkish officials. In August of 2011, the Turkish Prime Minister visited the capital. In March, a high ranking Turkish delegation visited Mogadishu and the ambassador visited Puntland in April. In September of 2011, Turkey funded hundreds of scholarships for Somali students. For more on Turkey's involvement in Somalia, please see Mubark's Musings.

In turn, al-Shabaab has repeatedly accused Turkey of misleading the people of Somalia saying it is working for its own interests rather than those of the Somali people and as a counter-balance to Iran, which is also active in the country.

By AAH 06/08/2012
TFG Forces (File Photo)
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TFG Forces (File Photo)

Insecurity across different regions of Somalia this week resulted in the deaths of at least 44 people and 65 others were injured. The incidents ranged from the killing of a traditional elder in Hiiraan to a young teenage boy who was shot and killed in Afgoye to the murder of civilians in central Somalia. Troops from the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) opened fire and killed a civilian in south-western Somalia. Puntland Marine Forces attacked a pirate base in Balli-Dhidin and ASWJ claimed victory over al-Shabaab and killed more than 10 fighters. The incidents occurred mainly in the regions of Bari, Banadir, Bay, Galgadud, Gedo, Hiraan, Lower Jubba, Lower Shabelle and Mudug.

Total Casualties for the week of June 2 - June 8, 2012

Total Deaths: 44

Total Injured: 65

Total Casualties: 109

Weekly Casualties
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Weekly Casualties

BAY: Gunmen Hurled Grenades in Baidao

June 02, Baidao – Unknown gunmen attacked TFG forces in Baidao, the provincial headquarters of Bay Region. The perpetrators hurled a grenade at the government forces in Isha Baidao near the monument of the late speaker of the Parliament Abdalla Derow Isak according to residents and government officials. One of the culprits was killed while two of them were arrested.

GEDO: ENDF Killed Civilians in South-Western Somalia

June 02, Luuq – Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) in Gedo region of south-western Somalia shot and killed two civilians and injured 10 others between Yurkud and Bardaalle villages of Luuq district according to locals and government officials in Gedo region. The casualties came after ENDF opened fire on a civilian shuttle travelling between Yurkud and Bardalle; the forces claimed they mistook it for an al-Shabaab vehicle. The injured civilians were admitted to local hospitals in Luuq district.

GALGADUUD: Fighting in Central Somalia Left 10 Dead

June 02, Darabow – 10 people were killed and more than eight others were injured from both rival groups of ASWJ and al-Shabaab fighters when deadly fighting broke out between the two groups at Darabow, 20kms east El-bur district in Galgaduud region.

LOWER-SHABELLE: TFG Soldiers Clashed in Afgooye

June 02, Afgoye – Three soldiers were killed and five others were critically injured after two groups of the Somali National Forces engaged in an armed clash over the control of a checkpoint at Bar Ismail in Afgoye district of Lower-Shabelle region witnesses said. The fighting lasted nearly 40 minutes according to Aweys Abdalla, a bus driver in Afgoye who spoke to Somalia Report. Most of the injured soldiers were admitted into local hospitals of Mogadishu.

BAY: TFG Forces Shot and Killed Suspect in Baidao

June 02, Baidao – Soldiers from the TFG shot and killed a suspect in Baidao, the provincial headquarters of Bay region on Saturday night according to locals and government officials. The victim was killed in Isha Baidao village and he was armed with hand grenades and a pistol.

HIRAAN: Fighting in TFG Forces Left One Dead

June 03, Beledweyne – Soldiers from the TFG has clashed in Beledweyne and caused one person was killed while another one was injured. The two TFG groups exchanged light gunfire an internal dispute between the two sides. The motive of armed conflict is still unknown.

BANAADIR: Three Civilians Injured in Mogadishu

June 03, Mogadishu – Three civilians were injured after the African Union forces of AMISOM opened fire on a livestock market at Heliwaa district in the restive capital of Mogadishu according to locals and government officials. The casualties came after an RCIED targeted an AMISOM convoy travelling between Maslah military camp and Ceel-mareer area. The device exploded immediately after the convoy had passed the scene.

BAY: Al-Shabaab Attacked TFG Forces

June 3, Qansah-Dhere – Fighters from al-Shabaab attacked a TFG base in the southern outskirts of Qansah-dhere district of Bay region, two of the rival groups were injured according to TFG commanders in Bay region. Both sides exchanged brief gunfire although the al-Shabaab militants fled from the scene.

MUDUG: Gunmen Ambushed Civilians in Central Somalia

June 3, Galkayo – Four civilians were killed and three others were injured when their vehicle was ambushed by militiamen near Dusmada on the road between Galkayo and Garowe some 20kms north of Galkayo. The injured people were admitted into local clinics in Galkayo city, although the motive of the attack is yet unknown. The casualties included a father and his son who died at the scene.

GALGADUUD: ASWJ Claims to have Killed Al-Shabaab Fighters

June 4, Dhusamareeb – The local administration of the moderate Islamist group ASWJ claimed they killed seven al-Shabaab fighters and also injured 20 others in fierce battles in central Somalia. The executive committee chairman of ASWJ Sheikh Mohamed Yussuf Hefow told the local media the fighting has occurred near El-bur district of Galgaduud region, but there are no independent sources to confirm this issue.

BARI: Suspected Murderer Shot and Killed in Northeastern Somalia

June 4, – Gardo: A suspected gunman was shot and killed by another man in Gardo district of Bari region. It is believed that the killing is a part of revenge killings among the two clans living in Gardo city. The perpetrator managed to escape.

LOWER-SHABELLE: Deadly Clash of TFG Forces Left Four Dead

June 5, At least four TFG soldiers were killed and five others were injured in an armed clash between the government forces based in Afgoye of Lower-Jubba region. The battle occurred on Wednesday night although the motive of the fighting is unknown. Some of the injured soldiers were admitted in local hospitals in Mogadishu.

HIRAAN: Gunmen Murdered Local Elder in Central Somalia

June 6, Beledweyn – Unknown gunmen shot and killed a local traditional elder in central Somalia on Wednesday. The victim, Abdi Hared Hilowle, was killed by armed men with pistols in Hawl-wadaag village in Beledweyn city of Hiraan region. The security forces reached the scene, but the culprits managed to escape.

GALGADUUD: Explosion in Central Somalia Killed One and Injured Three

June 6, Wabxo – One civilian was killed and three others were injured in an explosion in central Somalia on Wednesday night according to locals and ASWJ officials in central Somalia. The explosion occurred in a local restaurant at Wabxo village of Galgaduud region, although who was behind the attack is not clear yet.

HIRAAN: Grenade Attack in Beledweyne Left One Injured

June 6, Beledweyne – One person was injured in a hand grenade attack in central Somalia on Wednesday night. The attack occurred in Beledweyne of Hiraan region and the grenade was hurled the house of the deputy chairman of the region, Adawe Elmi.

BAY: Two Civilians Dead in a Grenade Attack

June 7, Baidao – Two civilians were killed in a grenade attack on a local money exchange market in Baidao according to locals and government officials in the city. The grenade was hurled by unknown perpetrators who managed to escape from the scene. The government forces reached the scene and started security operations.

BARI: Puntland Marine Forces Attacked Pirate Base

June 7, Balli-dhidin – The Puntland Marine Police Force (PMPF) attacked covered pirate vehicles in Balli-Dhidin village of Qandala district of Puntland's Bari region. According to the mayor of the village, Bari Jama Mohamed Kuurshe, the attack caused one casualty among the pirates and destroyed three trucks with heavy machine guns mounted on the back.

LOWER-JUBBA: KDF Air Strikes Left Three Pastoralists Injured

June 7, Bullo-Haji – At least three civilians were seriously injured in Kenyan air-strikes in Lower-Jubba region of southern Somalia on Thursday according to locals. Medical officials in Kismayo General Hospital who spoke to Somalia Report confirmed the casualties of three pastoralists who were injured in Saddex-lugood, Santaaro and Bulla-Haji villages between Badhadhe and Kismaayo districts. The Kenyan Defence Forces and TFG soldiers did not speak about the air-strikes.

LOWER-SHABELLE: TFG Forces Shot and Killed a Teenager in Afgoye

June 7, Afgoye – Soldiers from the TFG based in Afgoye district of Lower-Shabelle region shot and killed a young teenage boy on Thursday night according to witnesses and residents in the city. Most of the locals in the district have grieved the incident, and are concerned about the latest insecurity in the district. Anwar Mursal Abdullahi, a businessman in Afgoye district, told Somalia Report that the TFG forces have engaged mobbing, killing and even raping the locals in the city.

GEDO: TFG and ENDF Forces Battle Against Al-Shabaab

June 8, Garbaharey – At least five people were killed and three others were injured after heavy fighting among the Ethiopian National Defence Forces and TFG soldiers against al-Shabaab fighters on the outskirts of Garbaharey, the provincial headquarters of Gedo region according to locals and government officials. TFG commanders in Garbaharey claimed that they killed more than three fighters in the battle.

BANAADIR: Gunmen Shot and Injured Radio Journalist in Mogadishu

June 8, Mogadishu – Unknown gunmen armed with pistols shot and injured a radio journalist in Mogadishu on Friday evening. The victim was injured in Hamar-jajab district of the restive capital of Mogadishu. The perpetrators shot six bullets at Mohamed Sharif, a Radio Bar-Kulan correspondent in Mogadishu. During the attack, the journalist was heading to his house in Waberi district, according to locals in Mogadishu. The journalist suffered injuries in the stomach and was admitted in Madina Hospital to get health facilities.

(Editor's Note: The TFG, AMISOM, KDF, ENDF, ASWJ, various militias, al-Shabaab and other forces fighting in the country often report conflicting casualty numbers. Somalia Report assembles these weekly incidents from a variety of sources and numbers may vary.)