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Somalia Piracy: Tough time coming for hijackers

Somalia: The waters off the coast of Somalia have become some of the most treacherous in the world - swarming with well-armed pirates, searching for prey to hold to ransom.   Attacks on fishing boats, cargo ships and yachts have surged, but these modern-day buccaneers may not continue to get their way. The world's navies could be about to...

Somalia Clash: Death toll increases rapidly

Somalia: The fierce fighting between the Islamic Insurgants and Ethopian troops contined in different parts of the war-stricken east African country- Somalia as the death toll raises in every hour, witness said.   In the lattest clash, Somali insurgents have attacked a military convoy killing 11 army soldiers about 13 km (8 miles) south of...

Somalia Piracy: Spanish frigate left for Somalia coast

Madrid (Spain): Spain has sent a naval frigate to waters off Somalia, where pirates seized a Spanish tuna fishing boat with 26 people on board on Sunday, the Foreign Ministry said, adding the crew seemed to be unhurt. On Monday national radio quoted the captain of the boat as saying everybody on board was well. A man who said he was one of the...

Somalia: Pirates hijack Spanish boat with 26 crew

Madrid (Spain): Pirates have hijacked a Spanish fishing boat with a crew of 26 off the coast of Somalia, Spain's Foreign Ministry said Monday. The armed hijackers demanded money Monday for the hostages release, a day after storming the vessel armed with grenade launchers. There were no reports of injuries in the seizure Sunday, the ministry said....

Somalia: Latest fighting kills nine more

Somalia: Heavy clashes between Somali soldiers and insurgents in south Mogadishu's Hararyale district have left 7 Somali and 2 Ethiopian soldiers dead.   Heavy fighting and rampant bloodshed between insurgents and Somali soldiers are on the rise, with unknown countries supplying the insurgents with new weaponry. Ethiopian soldiers have also...

Somalia: Insurgents blow Ethiopian fuel point

Somalia: Somali insurgents have launched mortar attacks on a key Ethiopian fuel point killing 13 soldiers and burning military vehicles.   Also, in south Mogadishu's Medina district, an unknown number of Somali Federal soldiers were attacked and killed by hand grenades and their vehicles were destroyed, Press TV report said. Meanwhile,...

Aid work disrupts by insecurity and violence

Kenya, Apr 18: 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, where the local population...

Somalia Clash: Seven civilians killed

Somalia, Apr 18: Ethiopian troops have killed seven civilians in fresh round of attacks on Buulo Burde town in central Hirran region in Somalia.   The victims were forced out of their homes and shot to death, eyewitnesses told reporters. They said Ethiopian troops have also taken some others into an unidentified place. "The victims...

Somalia: Rocket attack kills 3 Ethiopian troops

Somalia, Apr 18: Ethiopian troops bolstering Somalia?s weak interim government were targeted in a rocket attack Thursday in the capital Mogadishu, witnesses said.   An insurgent rocket propelled grenade hit a convoy of Ethiopian army trucks transporting water to a military base in north Mogadishu located near the ex-pasta factory. Three...

Sea piracy increases defying High-Tech Defenses

Somalia, Apr 18: The most recent high-profile incidence of piracy off the lawless coast of Somalia appears to have ended well for everyone but the pirates. After holding the French luxury yacht Ponant for a week and allegedly securing a $2 million ransom from its owner, a band of Somali marauders headed for shore on April 11 with its booty. That's...

Somali radio station closed, five detained

Somalia, Apr 17: Somali police on Thursday raided and closed an independent radio station, arresting five employees in the latest crackdown on media, staff said. Clutching AK-47 rifles, three policemen stormed into the newsroom of Mogadishu-based Radio Voice of Peace, the station's director Mohamed Ali Irole told Reuters. "They ordered the staff...

Somalia Yacht hijacking: France will try the pirates

Paris, Apr 16: Six Somali pirates who seized a French luxury yacht and held its 30 crew hostage for a week will be brought to France to face trial, a judge said Wednesday. French troops arrested the pirates in the Somali desert on Friday after they had handed over the hostages and fled with their ransom. Those arrested were just part of the...

Somalia: Battle between ICU, Ethiopian troops killed 20

Somalia, Apr 15: Hundreds of Ethiopian troops came under attack when Islamic Courts Union (ICU) opened fire erupting a heavy fighting that killed at least 20 and injured many others in central Somalia.   Ten thousand ICU fighters attacked Ethiopian soldiers equipped with 34 vehicles near Jalalaqsi District of Hiiraan Region on Monday....

Somalia Yacht hostage: Crew tells the misery

Paris, Apr 15: Hostages released from a luxury yacht told Sunday how they turned hoses on rifle-wielding pirates in a desperate bid to repel them before being captured and held for a week off the Somali coast.   The pirates then began shooting with Kalashnikov rifles as they drew close to the yacht, Le Ponant, skipper Patrick Marchesseau said...

Somalia: A head teacher was among the five slained

Somalia, Apr 15: A man killed by Islamist fighters in a town near the Ethiopian border in central Somalia had left Birmingham to set up a school, a charity has said.   The body of Daud Hassan Ali, 70, from Birmingham, who is thought to be of Somali origin, and three others were found at a school in Beledweyne. Mr Ali, who moved to Kings...