SomaliPress.com

Somali

Somalia yacht hostage: Sarkozy meets victim's relatives

Paris, Apr 9: French President Nicolas Sarkozy met Tuesday with the families of 22 French crew members held hostage on a luxury yacht for the last five days by pirates off the coast of Somalia, an Elysee official said.   Some 40 members of the hostages' families arrived at the French presidential Elysee palace just after 3:00 pm (1300 GMT),...

Somalia: UN aid vehicle under gun attack

Somalia, Apr 9: Unidentifed gunmen in Somalia's northern Puntland region ambushed a U.N. vehicle at the weekend in an attack highlighting the area's worsening security.   "The security situation in Somalia's Puntland region has been deteriorating for the past months, making the delivery of assistance to vulnerable people increasingly...

Somalia insurgants behind suicide bombing

Somalia, Apr 9: The military wing of Somalia's Islamic Courts Union has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing Tuesday that caused injuries to numerous people.   Shebab, the military wing of Somalia's Islamic Courts Union which briefly controlled large parts of Somalia but whose political leadership was ousted by Ethiopian troops last...

Somalia piracy: Official insists foreign powers take steps

Somalia, Apr 7: French and American army units have been urged to take tough action against a luxury French yacht whose crew has been held hostage by pirates since Friday.   Musa Ghelle Yusuf, the local governor in Somalia's breakaway northern region of Puntland, said on Monday he would be "happy ... to see the pirates killed....

Somalia: Fresh clashes leave 25 death, many injured

Somalia, Apr 7: Heavy explosion and bomb blasts in several places in Somalia has left 25 killed and scores injured in Somalia.   The separate incidents took place in the Belet Weyne town, Baidoa and in Mogadishu's southern district of Daynile in the last 24 hours. Heavy explosion has left 8 soldiers killed and 27 civilians wounded in Belet...

Somali insurgents capture Balad

Somalia, Apr 7: Islami Insurgents have taken control of a Somali trading post after heavy fighting that saw government forces escape into the countryside.   The Islamists wrested control of the town of Balad, 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu, said Mohamed Abshir, a government official. He siad, "they took control...

Somaliland guards nabb 6 gunmen

Somalia, Apr 7: Somaliland coastal guards have arrested six armed men in a small boat from Yemen, suspected of throwing 140 people into the sea.   A woman and her two children, who were in the same boat captured off Somali coast, claimed the gunmen had dropped more than 140 people into the Gulf of Aden, with no survivors. Colonel Muse...

Somalia: Talks offing to solve problem

Keniya, Apr 7: Aid agencies are to meet the Somali prime minister in an attempt to improve aid deliveries to the war-ravaged country.   The United Nations describes it as one of the most serious humanitarian crises in the world. The Somali leader, Nur Adde, will meet aid agency representatives in Nairobi, in neighbouring Kenya, BBC report...

Somalia: Ethiopian troops shot dead two civilians

Somalia, Apr 7: Two people are killed and three others seriously wounded as Ethiopian troops open fire on a bus heading from Mogadishu to Afgoye town.   The regional transit bus was driving past Ethiopian soldiers as it came under heavy gunfire. The shoot-out left a 9-year-old boy and a man killed on the spot. Three women were also injured in...

Somalia: Pirates anchored French Yacht in Eyl coast

Somalia, Apr 7: A French luxury yacht seized by pirates in the Gulf of Aden with 30 crew on board has arrived in northern Somalia, officials and fishermen said Sunday. Somalia officials confirmed it had reached the northern town of Eyl.   Local fisherman Mahdi Daud Anbuure told reporters that he had seen the ship arriving at the northern town...

Somalia: Insurgent supporters cautioned

Somalia, Apr 7: The Governor of Somalia's Hiiran region has publicly announced those who support the insurgents would be arrested and held indefinitely.   The governor made his announcement in the Hiiran town of Baletweyn while he was backed by three tanks and hundreds of soldiers. Women, children and elders were forced to attend the press...

Somalia: Shabaab insugents treated as hoodlum

Somalia, Apr 7: A controversial clan elder in south Somalia has referred to the country's al Shabaab insurgent group as "thugs" who wrongfully attacked a small town and looted property.   Ahmed Dirie, an outspoken critic of Ethiopian troops in Somalia, told a Mogadishu-based radio station Sunday that the al Shabaab insurgents'...

Somalia: Toops deserting Ethiopian army

Somalia, Apr 4: Ethiopian army has launched a house-to-house search after more than 57 servicemen deserted army in Mogadishu, fleeing to nearby regions.   Military sources in Somalia said a massive manhunt has been launched to spot the defectors in a region about 30 km (20 miles) northwest of Mogadishu since Thursday, Press TV report said....

Bomb blast claims five troops in Somalia

Somalia, Apr 4: An explosion killed an Ethiopian soldier and four Somali soldiers in the Somali capital on Friday, witnesses said.   Witness Ali Shire said he saw the bodies lying underneath a blown-up vehicle in the northern Mogadishu neighborhood of Heyle Barise, but fled the scene after Ethiopian troops began shooting at passers-by. At...

Somalia Fighting: Death toll rises

Somalia, Apr 4: At least 20 Somalis, including 15 soldiers, have been killed and several wounded in separate clashes between Islamic Sharia Court fighters and security forces, officials and witnesses said.   Dahir Shidane, an army commander, said, "The fighting was very heavy, Shabaab fighters attacked our military base outside Addado (...