Over 14,000 tons of cement will soon be exported from the southern island of Qeshm to Somalia, said Pejman Bahrami, the deputy head of Qeshm Free Zone Organization for maritime transport and port affairs.
An explosives-packed vehicle detonated at a military checkpoint near Somalia’s presidential palace, killing at least 16 people and wounding more than 20 others, police said. The Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab terrorist group, which often targets Mogadishu, claimed responsibility for the attack.
A former Islamist militant in Somalia now running for a regional presidency, putting him at odds with the central government, has been arrested and beaten, precipitating street clashes, his spokesman said on Thursday.
The US military said it killed four militants in an air strike against al Shabaab militants in the vicinity of Awdheegle, Somalia, as part of its operations to support the government’s efforts to weaken the group.
The presidents of Somalia and Eritrea say they have agreed to establish diplomatic relations after more than a decade of animosity, the latest sign of lightning rapprochement in the restive Horn of Africa region.