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Somali man arrested with drugs

Malta: A 31-year old Somali man was detained by immigration police after some 10 kilos of Khat drug was found in his luggage at the Malta International Airport on Saturday. The man arrived in Malta on a flight from London holding a UK passport. Magistrate Dr Michael Mallia was informed about the case and appointed various experts to aid the...

Somalia: Rebels killed five troops in a ambush

Somalia: Islamist insurgents killed five government soldiers in an ambush outside the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, adding to days of bloodshed that have cast a pall over rare peace talks.   More than 35 people have died since Thursday in clashes between rebels and allied Somali-Ethiopian troops that broke out a week after a militant leader...

Non-stop fighting continues in Somalia

Somalia: Heavy fighting breaks out again in Somali capital, killing seven and injuring nine elders as well as well known politicians, reports say.   Reporters from Mogadishu says that unidentified attackers in Sinay District of North Mogadishu, using hand grenades, attacked a tea shop on Friday, killing and injuring 15 town elders and well...

Somalia: Islamist rebels capture police headquarters in Mogadishu

Somalia: Police fortified their headquarters in the heart of the government's stronghold in Mogadishu on Friday, the morning after Islamist fighters briefly seized the building in a bold and deadly attack.   The insurgents had tried many times to attack the capital's heavily guarded K4 district, but Thursday night's raid was their first major...

Somalia fighting kills 100 Ethiopians

Somalia: At least a hundred Ethiopian soldiers have been killed in two separate attacks on their vehicles in war-torn Somalia.   Armed men ambushed three military vehicles by remote controlled bombs in Hiiran district, killing all the 45 Ethiopian soldiers on board, witnesses told. Elsewhere, two Ethiopian vehicles were destroyed by al-...

Somalia: WFP truck driver gunned down

Nairobi(Kenya): A truck driver working for the World Food Programme was shot and killed in central Somalia after militiamen stopped a convoy of lorries ferrying relief food, the UN agency said on Thursday.   A gunman opened fire at the convoy late on Wednesday, wounding the driver who died in hospital, WFP's director for Somalia Peter...

Somalia clash left 23 killed

Somalia: Heavy fighting between Ethiopian troops and Islamist insurgents in central Somalia left at least 23 people dead, witnesses and officials said Thursday.   The fighting broke out late Wednesday near the village of Garsani, some 300 kilometres (180 miles) north of Mogadishu, when insurgents ambushed an Ethiopian military convoy. Several...

Somalia: Blast kills Young girl, 2 cops

Somalia: A roadside explosion targeting a Somali police official in the capital Mogadishu hit a police car Wednesday, killing two officers inside and two civilian bystanders, witnesses said.   The explosion in west Mogadishu was targeted at a police vehicle belonging to Ali Yare, the deputy commanding officer at the Dharkinley police station...

Somalia: Thousands demonstrate against US bombing

Somalia: Thousands of Somalis took to the streets Sunday to protest a US bombing that killed a man said to be Al-Qaeda's chief in the country, and 11 other people, organisers and residents said. The protest took place at Dhusamareb, a trading post of about 100,000 people, 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu, where...

Somalia: UN watches major famine crisis

Nairobi(Kenya): Record-high food prices and prolonged drought are leading to a major famine crisis in Somalia, UN monitors said Thursday, warning that half the population could need help by the year-end. Some 2.6 million Somalis now require help to feed themselves, an increase of 40 percent since January, according to figures compiled by the Food...

Somalia: Pentagon confirms air strike

Washington: The Pentagon confirmed Thursday a US military attack against an Al-Qaeda military leader in Somalia but declined to identify him. "The US Central Command has conducted an attack against a known Al-Qaeda target and militia leader in Somalia," spokesman for the Defense Department's Central Command, Lieutenant Joe Holstead, told the news...

Somalia hijack: Local leaders initiative to chase the pirates

Somalia: A Spanish fishing boat seized off Somalia was spotted on Friday near a remote coastal town and local leaders there said they had sent gunmen to chase away the pirates holding the vessel. The tuna fishing boat Playa de Bakio, which has 26 crew on board, was sighted near Hobyo, central Mudug region, a day after the pirates were chased away...

Somalia: Intelligence agent shot in Putland

Somalia: An intelligence officer with the Puntland Intelligence Service (PIS) in northern Somalia was shot several times near a popular hotel in Bossaso, the region's vital commercial port city.   The PIS agent was shot four times and wounded, with Bossaso medical sources saying the agent is under critical condition. Witnesses said two...

Somalia piracy: Spanish hostages are still confined

Madrid (Spain): Spanish fishermen held by Somali pirates are still being retained on board their boat after four days, their family members said Thursday.   The 13 Spanish and 13 African fishermen were being guarded by 12 people on board MS Playa de Bakio, which was seized on Sunday, according to radio reports. Some reports had earlier...

Somali clash: Five troops killed in capital

Somalia: At least five Somali soldiers are killed in a fighting in Wardhiigley district, while Ethiopians are arresting civilians in Hiiraan region.   The clash occurred when anti-government forces, armed with heavy weapons, attacked a police station in Wardhiigley in south Mogadishu on Thursday. The rebels captured the station but left...