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Pirates attemp to hijack ships Off Somalia coast

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Armed pirates in speedboats ambushed two ships off Somalia's coast Saturday but failed to hijack them after one of the vessels sped away and the other was rescued by a military patrol aircraft, an official said. Pirates first attacked a Japanese-operated ship with a crew of 20 in the Gulf of Aden, as the ship was heading...

Somali death toll rises to 55

Somalia: The death toll from the worst fighting in southern Somalia for months rose to 55 on Friday with scores wounded, rights activists and residents said. Thursday was particularly bloody even by the Horn of Africa nation's standards, with Islamist insurgents battling with pro-government clan militia in the southern port of Kismayu and similar...

Somali fighting kills 20 civilians

Mogadishu: At least twenty people were killed and nearly 40 others were wounded Thursday in the third day of fighting between insurgent fighters and Ethiopian troops backing Somali government forces, witnesses and hospital sources said. The fighting took place in Yaqshid, Huruwaa, and Wardigley districts and around the Mogadishu's main Bakara...

AU welcomes Somali deal, fighting continues

Somalia: The African Union said on Thursday a pact between Somalia's government and some opposition figures was a very significant step, but fighting in the southern port of Kismayu dented hopes of a breakthrough. President Abdullahi Yusuf's interim administration signed the peace agreement on Monday at U.N.-led talks in Djibouti. The deal, which...

Somali pirates seize two more ships

Somalia: Pirates have seized two vessels - a Japanese tanker and an Iranian bulk carrier - off the coast of Somalia, in the latest of a spate of hijackings. The vessels were taken within an hour of each other on Thursday morning in the Gulf of Aden, a busy shipping lane close to the coast of lawless Somalia. Noel Choong, of the International...

Bomb blast kills Somali commander and 17 others

Somalia: A Somali army commander and 17 other soldiers guarding him have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in northern Mogadishu. General Ali Hassan Nure - also known as Ali Yare - along with 17 of his bodyguards were heading toward Heyle Barise base north of Mogadishu when a bomb hit their vehicle about 150 meters outside the base, Press...

Somali pirates hijack Malaysian tanker

Kuala Lumpur: Armed pirates have seized a Malaysian tanker carrying palm oil and more than 20 crew members in the Gulf of Eden off the coast of Somalia, the fourth such hijacking in a month, a global maritime watchdog said Wednesday. Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur, said the center...

Somali militias abduct governor in Puntland

Somali militias abduct governor in Puntland Somalia: Heavily armed militias have kidnapped the governor of Nugal region, in Somalia's northeastern State of Puntland, a government official told Radio Garowe. Burtinle District Commissioner Hussein Guled "Hanaf" confirmed to Radio Garowe during a Monday interview that Nugal Governor Abdi...

Putland arrest Somali radio journalist

Somalia: A radio reporter in Somalia's Puntland regional government was detained Sunday, Radio Garowe reported. Mohamed Mohamud "Welcome," the regional director for Radio Daljir, was working at his office in the port city of Bossaso when he received a call from local police. "The [Bossaso] police commander said he wants to speak...

Civilian death toll rises to 60 in Somalia

Somalia: More bodies have been discovered in Somalia, near the scene of an attack on two minibuses outside Mogadishu. Local people returning to their farms after the attack said they had found a further 16 bodies, bringing to nearly 60 the number of civilians killed. The Ethiopian forces started shooting after their military convoy was hit by a...

Somali pirates abduct Thai Ship in Gulf of Aden

Bloomberg: Somali pirates hijacked a Thai cargo ship off the coast of the country on the Horn of Africa on Aug. 12, Agence France-Presse reported, citing the International Maritime Bureau. The ship was seized in the Gulf of Aden, the news agency said. The bureau's Piracy Reporting Center was unable to provide more information on the attack...

Somalia rebels attack Ethiopian forces, fierce fighting begin

Baidoa: Fierce fighting erupted in parts of southern Somalia on Tuesday, as Ethiopian forces traveling along a key road were ambushed different times by Islamist guerrillas, Radio Garowe reported. The fighting was concentrated in Lower Shabelle region, with locals near the Baledogle airstrip reporting of "heavy bombardment" and "...

Kenyan plane crashes near Somali Capital, 3 dies

Somalia: Three people died when a Fokker F27- 500 cargo aircraft crashed near the Somali capital Mogadishu, Fly540 Logistics Ltd., the plane's operator, said. A team including Fly540's chief pilot and security manager flew to the country to recover the bodies of the deceased and assess the cause of the accident, the Nairobi-based airline said in...

Somalia heavy fighting kills 68

Somalia: At least 68 people have lost their lives in fresh clashes across Somalia in the last 24 hours as violence continues to sweep across the East African nation. In south Mogadishu, anti-Ethiopian groups detonated a landmine -- as a 2,800-strong Ethiopian battalion left its base for Afgoy -- killing at least 48 Ethiopian soldiers and injuring...

Somali abductors free Italian aid workers after a month

Somalia: Two Italian aid workers kidnapped in Somalia in May have been freed and are in good health, Italy`s foreign minister said. Iolanda Occhipinti and Giuliano Paganini were being flown to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The pair were seized by armed gunmen during an attack on the offices of Italian aid agency Cooperazione Italiana Nord Sud in...