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Cash donations after Somali man burned alive

Somalis are raising funds for the family of a man who was burned alive over his nephew's plans to marry a woman from a different ethnic group.

Ahmed Mukhtar Salah was the uncle of an ethnically Bantu man who became secretly engaged to a woman from a noble clan. When the couple ran away, the woman's family urged Mr Ahmed to bring her back.

The BBC's Ibrahim Aden says that the young woman's father eventually decided to give the couple his blessing, whereas her mother and other family members refused to do so.

Last week, Mr Mukhtar Salah's was stabbed and burnt to death in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

Police have since arrested the mother of the young woman and several other people in connection with the attack.

Local media reports show a large turnout for Mr Mukhtar Salah's burial on Sunday:

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Islamic State imposes taxes in parts of Somalia

Analysis

BBC Monitoring

The world through its media

Islamic State militants have imposed heavy taxes on traders and companies in north-east Somalia in what seems to be an attempt to match revenue collection tactics of rival Islamist militant group al-Shabab.

The group has also increased attacks against government forces in southern Somalia, a development that may have informed its move to impose taxes in the semi-autonomous north-eastern state of Puntland.

IS sent threatening text messages to traders and businesses instructing them "to pay a permanent amount of taxation fees" or risk death.

The militant group's expansion into southern Somalia makes a confrontation with al-Shabab inevitable.

Although IS has struggled to control territory, it has significantly increased attacks in Somalia in recent months, especially in al-Shabab's southern strongholds.

But it still trails al-Shabab by a distance. The move to impose taxes in Puntland signals IS’s bold attempt to disrupt al-Shabab's financial system.

Returning to Mogadishu to rebuild the dairy industry

Security isn't the only challenge in a country suspicious of cow's milk
Recent weeks have seen protests over an uptick in violence in Mogadishu. Despite this, people are continuing to return to the capital and invest in the recovering economy.

After 25 years living in the UK, Adbukadir Mohamed Salad has come back to Somalia and is determined to help rebuild the country's dairy industry. He has opened Irman Dairy - one of the first dairies to operate in Mogadishu since violence broke out in the 1990s. 

However, security isn't the only challenge he faces, as he explains to Newsday's Sharon Hemans.

(Photo: Irman Dairy in Mogadishu, Somalia. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Somalia sees increase in Islamic State activity

Analysis

BBC Monitoring

The world through its media

The Islamic State (IS) group has been mounting noticeably more attacks in Somalia in recent months, following the group's loss of its "caliphate" heartlands in Syria and Iraq late last year.

In a major claim on 25 July, IS said it had killed or wounded 14 Somali soldiers in a bomb attack in Lower Shabelle in southern Somalia.

BBC Monitoring has collected data on IS attacks in Somalia from January to July 2018 that reveals interesting trends about the group's activity in the country.

Most of the attacks that IS has claimed in Somalia were labelled as targeted "assassinations" against Somali intelligence and security personnel, with some of them filmed taking place in broad daylight in public.

And while the group had initially claimed many of the attacks in the south-western city of Afgoye, most of its latest claims were reported in the capital Mogadishu.

Despite IS's growing activity in Somalia this year, it remains eclipsed by its arch-rival al-Shabab, which is backed by al-Qaeda.

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