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Pirates anchor the Jordanian ship near Somalia coast

Mumbai: The hijacked Jordanian cargo ship with Indians and Bangladeshis among its crew was traced three days after it was commandeered by heavily armed Somali pirates off the Somalian coast.   According to reports received here on Tuesday, the ship 'MV Victoria' was located at Garacad, about 600 kms north of Somalian capital Moghadishu....

Somalia crisis deepens, half of population could be at risk

Somalia: The increase in needs is due mainly to the addition of 600 000 urban poor, who are struggling to meet their household food needs in the face of rapidly increasing food and basic commodity prices, according to a recent assessment of FAO's Food Security Analysis Unit (FSAU) for Somalia.   The number of internally displaced people from...

Ethnic violence attacks on frightened foreigners

It is shameful and regretful to observe, once again, black-on-black violence in which Africans turn against each other to rob, rape, steal and murder in the pursuit of money, material possessions or jobs. Twenty two people are now known to have died in a wave of violence against immigrants in South Africa. Foreigners from countries such as...

Somalia: Fighting kill eight Ethiopian troops

Somalia: Islamist rebels ambushed an Ethiopian army convoy in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region, Radio Garowe reported Sunday.   At least 8 people, including four Ethiopian soldiers, were killed after the rebels ambushed soldiers on foot. Three rebels and one villager were also killed during the fighting, witnesses said. Muse Ibrahim, a...

Somalia: Rebels seize southern town

Somalia: Islamic militants in Somalia have seized a major agricultural center, causing hundreds of refugees to flee. That's according to a human rights leader in the town. He says the Islamic Courts Union ousted militiamen loyal to Somalia's government and were patrolling the southern town today. He says two militia fighters were killed...

Somali shot dead in S Africa

Somalia: A Somalian spaza shop owner has been shot and killed and another wounded in Durbanville in the Cape Peninsula on Saturday.   Police spokesperson, Bernadine Steyn says four men allegedly approached the shop and demanded money from 28 year old Gair Rashied. He was shot in the side of the body and died on the scene. Steyn says his 30...

Somalia: Bangladeshi and Indians are among hijacked Jordan ship’s crew

Somalia: Three Kenyans are among the crew of a ship that was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia on Saturday.   The Jordanian vessel had 12 crew members, including a Tanzanian, several Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Somalis. The hijacking of mvVictoria, is the third such incident to be reported in Somalia in the last five...

Piracy again in Somalia coast, Jordanian ship attacked

Nairobi(Kenya): A Jordanian-flagged ship seized by pirates off Somali coast, the latest in a series of pirate attacks in the area this year.   The vessel, Victoria, was seized about 40 nautical miles off the capital Mogadishu, on Saturday said Andrew Mwangura of the Kenyan branch of the Seafarers' Assistance Programme. A United Arab Emirates...

Civilians displaced in forests by last week clashes

  Nairobi: Thousands of civilians who were displaced from Abyei town by clashes last week between the Sudanese army and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) are living rough in nearby forests. "The whole civilian population in Abyei town and surrounding villages was pushed out of town in disarray by the heavy bombardments...

Ethiopian attacks hinder aid works

Kenya: There are new Humanitarian accusations that high quality aid sent to Southern Somalia through Mogadishu port has been swapped for low quality products from the Ethiopian Army warehouses.   The continued outflow of IDPs from Mogadishu, The recent tragic attack on humanitarian aid workers, logistical challenges, along with poor...

Somalia: Killing increases in the ungoverned port Kismayo

Somalia: At least three people have been shot to death in the southern Somali port of Kismayo since Tuesday night, local sources reported.   A lone gunman shot and killed his own brother and wounded a second man after unloading an assault rifle on a crowded restaurant in Kismayo, witnesses said. The killer escaped before militias loyal to the...

Militants attack lawmaker's home, one killed

Somalia: The home of a former Somali warlord-turned-lawmaker was attacked Sunday in the southwestern town of Baidoa, where the country's interim federal parliament sits, officials said.   MP Mohamed Qanyare, the notorious ex-warlord, was not at the house during the attack. Mr. Qanyare is overseas on a medical trip, according to sources close...

Somalia: Worsening security prompt intl. agencies to reduce staffs

Addis Ababa: Worsening security in the Somali breakaway region of Puntland is choking off humanitarian efforts, donors and aid agencies warned Friday, nearly two weeks after two UN staffers escaped an ambush. This has prompted agencies to temporarily reduce the number of international staff in the northeastern region.   In recent days,...

Eight Somali soldiers gunned down by Al Shabaab

Somalia: At least eight Somali soldiers have been killed in fresh clashes with members of the armed opposition group al-Shabaab, witnesses say Sunday. During the battle, al-Shabaab fighters killed eight Somali soldiers and seized three military vehicles as well as a significant amount of weapons from the government soldiers. In another...

Somalia: Ethiopians kill six civilians

Somalia: Ethiopian troops have detained a number of Somali civilians and killed six of them, in an operation in north Mogadishu, a report says.   Ethiopians soldiers detained more than 85 civilians including at least 20 women in a large-scale operation in Towfiq District in north Mogadishu. They then tossed the bodies of six of the men out...