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Somalia: 'World's most overlooked trouble

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 3: A leading humanitarian group is calling for the United Nations Security Council to take additional measures to help about 1 million Somalis who have been rendered homeless by the ongoing armed conflict in their country.   In releasing a new report this week, the U.S.-based Refugees International (RI) called Somalia...

Somalia: 7 robbers shoot dead

Somalia, Apr 3: Clashes between bandits and residents of a town in central Somalia have left more than seven people killed and over a dozen injured.   Residents of Cadaado town in Galgadud region, about 600 kilometers from Mogadishu, clashed with a group of armed bandits, who were heading for the town. At least seven gunmen were killed in...

Somalia blast kill 10 Ethiopian troops

Somalia, Apr 3: Enraged Ethiopians open fire at Somali civilians following a massive explosion in the south of Mogadishu which killed 10 Ethiopian soldiers.   The blast which occurred early on Thursday somewhere between the Somali capital and Afgooye, killed at least 10 Ethiopian troopers. Other accounts of the incident reported different...

Somalia aid agencies stop works in panic

Somalia, Apr 3: The aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has shut down its operations in southern Somalia citing increased insecurity. MSF's Arjan Hehenkamp said staff in Kismayo cannot continue working where they are deliberately targeted. The move comes only days after gunmen kidnapped two UN foreign workers, BBC report said....

Somali gunmen abduct businessman

Somalia, Apr 3: Unidentified gunmen abducted an ecologist whose business is based in Dorking on Tuesday.   Murray Watson, who founded Resource Management & Research (RMR) in Ockley Road, Forest Green, was abducted by armed militiamen during an early morning ambush near the southern town of Bu'aale. The 69-year-old, who was ...

No development in Somalia aid workers kidnapping

Somalia, Apr 3: UN Development Program (UNDP) communications adviser Sue Morrell says the men are reportedly in good condition, but not much else is known of their whereabouts.   The foreign nationals, a Briton and a Kenyan, are sub-contractors for the Indian company Genesys International Corporation, carrying out a flood control and...

Somalia: Insurgents capture seventh town

Somalia, Apr 3: After Somali government soldiers abandoned their post, hundreds of Islamic insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine-guns briefly seized control of a central Somali town, residents said Thursday.   This is the seventh town the Somali Islamist have taken in recent months although the fighters usually...

Somalia: Four Killed as insurgants open fire on Governor

Somalia, Apr 3: At least four people were killed Thursday in southwestern Somalia when Islamist insurgents raided a hotel where a governor was staying, a local elder said.   The attack occurred in Qasahdere town, 335 kilometers (208 miles) southwest of the capital Mogadishu, where Bay region governor Abdufatah Mohamed Ibrahim and other...

Somalia: Four parliamentarians step down

Somalia, Apr 3: Four renowned Somali parliamentarians have reportedly resigned from Somalia's transitional government, fleeing to Kismayu port town.   The parliament members led by former warlord, Barre Adan Shire Hiirale, left Baidoa for Kismayu, a town 528 km (328 miles) southwest of Mogadishu. We became members of Somali parliament with...

Somali gunmen kidnap UN aid workers

Somalia, April 02: Somali gunmen on Tuesday kidnapped two contractors, a Briton and a Kenyan, working for a U.N.-funded project in southern Somalia, the United Nations said.   The local commissioner of Bu'aale town, Ibrahim Noleye, identified the men abducted Tuesday as a Briton and a Kenyan who worked in his region. A Somali aid worker was...

Somalia: Islamist leader opts peace plan

Nairobi (Kenya), April 02: Somalia's top exiled Islamist leader on Wednesday pledged his camp's commitment to a new peace drive but warned the movement would keep up its struggle against what it calls Ethiopian occupation. "Members of the international community are trying to help Somalis overcome their differences and we will do all we can to be...

Dutch frigate head to Somalia coast

Hague (Netherland), April 01: The Dutch Parliament has approved the deployment of the Dutch naval frigate Evertsen to the waters off the coast of Somalia.   The vessel, which will remain in the region for three months, will protect ships carrying United Nations food supplies. The ships are often plundered by pirates. As a result of the...

No Ethiopian troops in Puntland, Somalia leader

Bossaso (Somalia), March 31: The regional president in Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland has denied growing speculation that Ethiopian soldiers might be deployed in the relatively stable territory.   President Mohamud "Adde" Muse spoke with reporters in the port city of Bossaso Sunday before he flew to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...

Somalia peach efforts and Ethiopia democracy is equally important: FM

Somalia, March 31: Foreign Affairs Minister Seyoum Mesfin said the issue of stabilizing Somalia and building the capacity of institutions in that country is equally important as the ongoing activities to maintain peace, speed up development and build a democratic system in Ethiopia.   The minister said it is unquestionable that existence of...

Somali forces arrest 22 from mosque, school

Somalia, March 31: Somali government troops have raided a mosque and a Qur'an school in southern Mogadishu apprehending 22 of the attendants on Monday.   Mounting a so-called anti-terrorist operation in the Medina district south of Mogadishu, the heavily-armed troops beat the sheikhs attending the mosque before taking 14 of them away in...