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Somalia: Rebel troops kidnap UN food convoys

Somalia, Apr 9: Twenty-five breakaway Somali soldiers carrying heavy weapons have hijacked two UN World Food Program trucks north of the capital.   The soldiers attacked the trucks on a road which connects the northern city of Jowhar to the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday. Since the beginning of this year, bandits have hijacked 45 aid trucks...

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: 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: 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...

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 (...

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...

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: 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...