12/11/08 (B473) Press TV : le Ministre éthiopien des A.E. dément les rumeurs selon lesquelles le plus haut représentant de son pays auprès du Somaliland aurait perdu la vie dans les récents attentats à Hargeisa. Ethiopia: Somaliland Ambassador alive (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry has denied recent reports suggesting its top diplomat to Somaliland was killed in a blast in Hargeisa.

Citing unnamed sources, a Press TV correspondent in Somalia reported on October 29 that 23 people, including the Ethiopian ambassador to Somaliland, had died in a series of blasts in the city.

The Ministry, however, in a press release published by the Ethiopian Herald said: « The truth is that four Ethiopian Trade Mission staff as well as a number of Somalilanders queuing for visas were killed but Ethiopia’s Trade Commissioner, Ambassador Woubshet Demissie was not killed. »

He was not even in the [Embassy] building at the time, according to the statement.

The Ethiopian Embassy, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) compound, and Somaliland’s Presidential Palace were the targets of the October 29 bomb attacks.

12/11/08 (B473) Press TV : l’explosion d’une bombe, a proximité de la résidence à Baïdoa d’un parlementaire somalien, occasionne la mort de 2 gardes du corps. Bomb blast kills 2 at Somali MP residence (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

A bomb explosion outside the residence of a Somali lawmaker in the provincial town of Baidoa has killed two people and injured three more.

The bomb, detonated near the residence of Yusuuf Mohamed Guroow, killed two body guards, injured three civilians and caused extensive damage to the property, Press TV’s Somalia correspondent reported.

The lawmaker reportedly escaped the scene, taking refuge at a government base in the city situated 255 km (160 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu.

Violence in Somalia has reached its highest level since the 1991 ouster of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. Clashes and internal displacement have prompted aid groups to describe the situation as Africa’s worst humanitarian crisis.

11/11/08 (B473) Press TV : 100 personnes arrêtées sans « motifs sérieux » par la Police, au Somaliland et au Puntland après les derniers attentats. // Police in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region and the breakaway republic of Somaliland have detained some 100 people without charge. (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

The arrests were allegedly ordered by the two regions’ Intelligence Services in an attempt to find those behind the October terror attacks.

Among the arrested is the head of the Elman Human Rights group, who was captured six days ago in Hargeysa, capital of Somaliland, sources say.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for any of the five massive blasts which rocked the two relatively calm regions on October 29, and left some 23 people killed.

The bomb explosions came shortly the Western-backed transitional government decided to keep foreign forces in Somalia, scraping peace talks with the opposition.

10/11/08 (B473) Press TV / Un travailleur humanitaire somalien, responsable local de Mercy Corps, ONG américaine, tué par trois tireurs armés non indentifiés. Aid worker shot dead in south Somalia.(Info lecteur – En Anglais)

Unknown armed men have shot dead a Somali aid worker who used to work for an American charity institution in the restive southern Somalia.

Witnesses and elders said that Mohammed Mohamoud Sakow was gunned down as he left mosque after performing the evening prayers on overnight Saturday.

They also noted that three gunmen stopped the officer outside the mosque and killed him. The gunmen, reportedly armed with pistols, escaped after killing him.

« Unidentified gunmen shot him several times in the head and chest after he attended evening prayers in the town’s main mosque. He died instantly, » an elder, Warsame Hirsi, said.

Mohammed Mohamoud Sakow was the local head of Mercy Corps in Jamame township in Lower Jubba region. The aid agency runs developments projects, provides technical assistance and also oversees cash-for-work programs in southern Somalia.

The incident marks the latest in a spate of attacks against humanitarian workers in the war-ravaged Horn of Africa country.

At least 24 aid workers – twenty of them Somalis _ have lost their lives so far this year in lawless Somalia.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991 after dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted from power by tribal militias. The ensuing bloody power struggle has defied numerous attempts to restore stability in the nation of some 10 million people.

08/11/08 (B473) Press TV. Le Président somalien du GNT hospitalisé au Kenya dans un état de santé « sérieux », après une discussion particulièrement violente avec son Premier ministre. Somali leader ‘seriously ill’ after row (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Somalia’s president is reportedly taken to hospital in Kenya with serious health problems after heated exchanges with the country’s premier.

The Press TV correspondent in Somalia quoted sources close to President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed as saying he fell seriously ill having had clashed with Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein over matters of the state.

Following a regional meeting in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the two reportedly collided head-on over the premier’s refusal to reinstate a number of ministers who had resigned from the government.

Hassan Hussein has insisted he would not return the ministers.

The meeting was attended by the member states of the Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) who have also reportedly ruled against reappointment of the ministers.

Abdullahi Yusuf is to be flown to London within the next few hours, reports say. He is said to have survived acute health issues four times so far.

04/11/08 (B472) Press TV . Des accrochages causent la mort de 6 soldats somaliens et d’un civil à Mogadiscio. La violence a retrouvé le point le plus critique qui était celui de 1991// Fresh violence claims 7 in Somalia (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Violence in Somalia is now at its worst since 1991.

Fresh violence has killed seven people including six Somali soldiers and one civilian, only a week after the signing of a peace pact.

In north Mogadishu, three Somali government soldiers were shot dead by armed gunmen, as they were looting shops, Press TV correspondent in Somalia reported on Monday.

In a similar incident in south Mogadishu three other soldiers were also killed by unidentified gunmen, eyewitnesses said.

Meanwhile a civilian has also been shot dead in Sarkusta government checkpoint in Mogadishu, after government soldiers allegedly suspected him of carrying out an attack.

Violence in Somalia is now at its worst since the 1991 ouster of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. Clashes and internal displacement have prompted aid groups to describe the situation as Africa’s worst humanitarian crisis.

31/10/08 (B471-B) Press TV : un responsable de la Police échappe à un attentat dans lequel six de ses gardes du corps ont perdu la vie. Somali police chief flees insurgent raid (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

A Somali deputy police commander has escaped an insurgent attack that killed six of his guards south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The abortive attack had targeted the deputy police commander of the Medina and Dharkenley districts. Abdullahi Ali Yari had been the target of the attack on his office, a Press TV correspondent in Somalia reported.

He, however, escaped unharmed while the insurgents killed six of his guards near the office which had reportedly been targeted 19 times over the past three months.

The commander’s precinct has been the site of recurrent insurgent raids.

Besides police stations, Ethiopian bases are the regular target of the insurgents who have refused to stop resistance based on a recent peace agreement that will supposedly see a phased withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Somalia.

In 2006, Ethiopia intervened to help Somalia’s embattled Transitional Federal Government. Ever since, the country has been the scene of the troops’ unceasing struggle against runaway insurgency.

26/10/08 (B471) Press TV : 40 militaires éthiopiens perdent la vie dans plusieurs accrochages en Somalie. // Somali clashes kill 40 Ethiopian troops (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

South Somalia rocked by violence, has forced thousands to flee.

Clashes between warring factions in Somalia’s Wanlaweyn town have left 28 Ethiopian soldiers dead and four military vehicles destroyed.

Al-Shabaab fighters and Ethiopian soldiers clashed on the outskirts of Wanlaweyn town in Somalia’s Shabelle region Sunday, resulting in the death of the soldiers, Press TV correspondent in Somalia said.

Clashes in the South Somali regions of Afgoye, Bakool and Bay have also been reported. Another 12 Ethiopian soldiers have been killed in Baidoa town as they passed through on their way to join troops fighting in Wenlaweyn.

Many displaced Somalis from neighboring areas used to take refuge in Bakool and Bay, but the recent violence in these regions has left thousands of fleeing residents and refugees escaping Mogadishu with nowhere to go.