04/09/08 (B463-B) Reuters / Le voilier capturé par des pirates somaliens en route pour Eyl (Info lectrice)

Les pirates somaliens qui ont pris le contrôle d’un voilier à bord duquel se trouvent deux Français se dirigent vers le village côtier d’Eyl, où les ravisseurs détiennent déjà plusieurs navires dans l’attente de rançons, déclare un responsable des affaires maritimes.

Le ministère français des Affaires étrangères a annoncé mercredi que le voilier avait été intercepté mardi soir dans le golfe d’Aden.

"La France condamne fermement cet acte de piraterie et appelle à la libération immédiate des personnes retenues sur ce voilier", a déclaré le Quai d’Orsay dans un communiqué, précisant que les autorités françaises étaient mobilisées pour obtenir la libération des deux otages "dans les délais les plus brefs".

Trente personnes avaient été prises en otages par des pirates somaliens du 4 au 11 avril derniers à bord du voilier de luxe français Le Ponant.

Les otages avaient été libérés à la suite du versement d’une rançon par l’armateur du trois-mâts. Six pirates avaient ensuite été capturés par les forces françaises lors d’une opération héliportée en territoire somalien.

Au total, une trentaine de bateaux ont été victimes de la piraterie depuis le début de l’année, faisant de la Corne de l’Afrique la zone maritime la plus dangereuse au monde.

Andrew Wallis,
version française Sophie Louet et Clément Dossin

04/09/08 (B463-B) Shabelle / Discussion au Parlement sur les termes de l’accord signé à Addis Abeba entre le Président du GNT et son premier Ministre. MPs receive President, PM’s agreement in Ethiopia articles (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

The legislative body members have been distributed for today the agreement signed by Somali president and the premier in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

In a meeting they held at ADC (parliament centre) in Baidoa town the MPs had to take delivery of the piece of writings of the agreement.

The article are including:-

The resigned ministers will be included originally in the cabinet

– The three ministers appointed by the PM approved by the president.

The C.E.O. of today’s session Osman Elmi Boqore has informed to the MPs to read out the article and to give their views.

The second phase of the meeting will take place on Thursday.

Festering disagreement between the two senior Somali leaders escalated last month after Hussein sacked the mayor of Mogadishu, a close ally of the president, who reinstated the mayor in a decree revoking the prime minister’s decision as unconstitutional.

Some pro-president ministers in the cabinet of Hussein’s government resigned, accusing the premier of incompetence and misuse of state funds.

The two leaders are expected to brief the Somali national parliament Thursday about their agreement, the content of which has not been officially released.

Lawmakers have also debated and voted No-confidence vote against PM Nor Adde’s government it survived.

President Abdullahi Yusuf and Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein have been squabbling for weeks, since Hussein fired a key ally of the president who was ally to the president.

04/09/08 (B463-B) Shabelle / Libération d’un tanzanien, détenu en Somalie, qui avait été capturé par le FBI et probablement torturé par les US, au Kenya au motif de soupçons sur son implication dans le terrorisme afghan. Freed Tanzanian prisoner says Somali world handed over him. (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

By: Abdinasir Guled

The Red Cross Society has brought home a Tanzanian who had been arrested on suspicion of being an international terrorist.

Suleiman Abdallah Salim, aka Morris, from Zanzibar, was brought back to the country last Saturday (30 August) from Afghanistan (break in reception) told the media that he was arrested in Somalia in 2003 while fishing.

He said he was later handed over to US FBI officers, who took him first to Kenya for interrogation, then later back to Somalia, [words indistinct] before being held in a terror suspects’ detention facility in Afghanistan.

Suleiman, whose (fingers are broken), said before he was taken back home to Zanzibar, he was asked where he wanted to go and live; whether in the UK or USA, but he said he refused because he had not seen his parents in a long time.

He said when he was arrested, he was suspected of being a Somali, and was later asked whether he knew the following people: (?Magafan, Mongowan) and Kohan [phonetic]. He admitted knowing them, and said they were his friends.

Another Tanzanian citizen [words indistinct] suspected of involvement in the 1998 US embassy bombing in Nairobi and Da es Salaam is being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

04/09/08 (B463-B) Shabelle / Négociations secrètes pour libérer une journaliste canadienne retenue en Otage en Somalie avec deux collègues autralien et somalien. / Negotiations underway to free Canadian kidnapped in Somalia: report (En Anglais – Info lectrice)

The Toronto Star is reporting that negotiations are underway to secure the release of a kidnapped Canadian journalist and her Australian and Somali colleagues.

Amanda Lindhout, 27, and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan were taken at gunpoint 10 days ago about 20 kilometres outside Mogadishu.

Their captors also seized a Somali driver and journalist Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi, who was acting as their guide.

Several sources in Somalia, Kenya and Canada said that contact had been made with the kidnappers through third-party negotiators and there was hope the journalists would be released soon.

Mohamed Ali Nur, Somalia’s ambassador to Kenya, told the Star that reports indicated the journalists weren’t hurt.

Lindhout was working in Somalia as a freelance journalist and is normally based in Baghdad.

The fighting in Somalia has reached a new intensity in the last year. The Horn of Africa nation is now believed to have surpassed Afghanistan and Iraq in terms of violence and instability.

04/09/08 (B463-B) Shabelle. Le Yémen ferme son Ambassade en Somalie pour des raisons de sécurité. Yemen Embassy in Mogadishu closed due to ‘security threat’ (En Anglais – Info lecteuir)

The Yemen Embassy in the Somali capital has been closed temporarily due to a security threat, an embassy spokeswoman said Thursday.

The embassy was shut down suddenly at 11.40 Pm. Wednesday after several mortars landed on the embassy’s building during deadly fighting between Somali Government troops and islamist fighters.

All the staff were told to leave the embassy, the spokesman who declined to reveal his name told Shabelle.

 »There is a security threat to the embassy, so we will be closed until further notice while we reassess our security posture, » He said in a telephone interview.

Several eyewitnesses told Shabelle English service that quite a few of mortars aimed at the presidential fortress has been hit in the Yemeni embassy on Wednesday when the islamists fought with Somali troops.

The embassy some rather more staff. Only some security guards are still working inside the embassy.

It is not certain when the embassy, located in along the presidential palace where mortars fired by the islamists is beleaguered, will reopen after the spokesman said.

Somali Government, when contacted, said they were not aware of any security threat that would force the embassy to shut down.

Yemeni embassy is one of small numbers of embassies those don’t perform their consulate work as intended the for security reasons.

04/09/08 (B463-B) Shabelle. Pas de chômage pour les pirates. Hier c’était un voilier avec des Français, aujourd’hui c’est un navire égyptien. Ils doivent avoir un beau stock de navires de toutes les nationalités près du port d’Eyl. / Somali pirates seize Egyptian ship (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

An Egyptian ship has been seized by pirates on Thursday off Somali coast, officials said.

Shabelle’s reporter Abdiqani Hassan in Puntland says a delegation of officials from the semi-autonomous northern region has gone to Eyl port to investigate.

This hijacking comes after hours the pirates have hijacked a French ship aboard by two French nationals.

The French foreign ministry said two French nationals were aboard the yacht that was seized in the Gulf of Aden, north of the lawless Horn of Africa nation.

The Venezuela-registered Carre d’as — a sixteen-metre leisure boat — was hijacked late Tuesday, a ministry source in Paris told AFP, but it was not immediately clear how many people were aboard the vessel.

In April, French commandos made six arrests in a helicopter raid against pirates after they freed a French yacht’s crew.

The seas off Somalia have some of the highest rates of piracy in the world.

The country has been without a functioning central government for 17 years and has suffered from continual civil strife.

It’s beyond our capacity to tackle this problem

"France firmly condemns this act of piracy and calls for the immediate release of the people held on board this yacht. Our prime concern is the safety of our compatriots," a French foreign ministry statement said.

It said "discretion" was needed in such cases.

French commandos arrested six alleged pirates in April

Sources close to the pirates had earlier reported the hijacking to the BBC Somali service.

It is not clear if there were any other people on board the sailing boat.

Along the coast, attacks against fishing boats, cargo ships and yachts have surged over recent months and foreigners, who can be exchanged for large ransoms, are frequent targets.

Puntland’s Ports Minister Ahmed Saed Ali Nur said the authorities had not made contact with the pirates.

"We don’t have any information about their whereabouts. We haven’t had any contact with the kidnappers. Ransom is not a solution," he told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme.

He said that pirates in the region had about 10 vessels captive at the moment, adding "it’s beyond our capacity to tackle this problem".

The pirates are well-armed and employ a lot of people, he said.

"The problem is that there no co-operation between different stakeholders.

"You have the ship-owners paying the ransom; on the other side you the international navy present in international waters and they don’t intervene, they didn’t do anything."

In June, the UN Security Council voted to allow countries to send warships into Somalia’s waters to tackle the pirates.

France has troops in nearby Djibouti and also participates in a multi-national naval force that patrols this part of the Indian Ocean.

The six pirates seized by the French military in April were handed over to French justice officials to be tried.

04/09/08 (B463-B) Garowe on Line / Au moins 15 morts et 25 blessés lors d’une attaque par les insurgés, ce mercredi de la Villa Somalia, le Palais présidentiel de Mogadiscio, qui a été touchée par 6 obus. Des dégâts aux alentours, en particulier sur un marché ont fait des victimes parmi la population civile / 15 killed as al Shabaab attack Somalia presidential palace (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

At least 15 people were killed and 25 others wounded Wednesday in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu after insurgents attacked the Villa Somalia presidential compound, Radio Garowe reported.

Six mortars hit Villa Somalia and its environs, followed by face-to-face street fighting between government troops and al Shabaab insurgents, according to witnesses.

Some mortars reportedly hit locations inside Mogadishu’s sprawling Bakara Market, while other mortars hit neighborhoods of Wardhigley district. At least four dead bodies were discovered inside Bakara, witnesses said.

Five civilians were killed when mortars aimed at the presidential palace hit nearby homes.

Locals reported seeing six dead bodies – all of them soldiers and insurgents – in parts of Wardhigley district, where most of the heavy fighting was concentrated.
Medical sources at Medina Hospital said the wounded included many women and children.

A spokesman for the al Shabaab insurgents claimed responsiblity for the violence, saying they killed 14 soldiers and suffered four wounded fighters on their side.

Col. Dahir Mohamed Hersi, a spokesman for the Somali military, told reporters that government security forces killed at least 8 al Shabaab fighters.

He confirmed that some mortars hit Bakara Market, but blamed al Shabaab for the violence.

Separately, insurgents attacked African Union peacekeepers overnight Tuesday but there were no casualty reports available.

Somalia has been marred by violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991. In 2004, a UN-endorsed transitional government came to power and soon invited Ethiopian troops to help restore order in Mogadishu, after ousting the capital’s Islamist rulers.

The Islamists, including al Shabaab, have since waged a relentless guerrilla campaign aimed at toppling the interim government and expelling its Ethiopian military backers from Somali soil.

04/09/08 (B463-B) Shabelle. Selon les déclarations d’un parlementaire somalien, les Ethiopiens sont en train de coloniser son pays. Somali MP says Ethiopia “colonizes Somalia” (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

One of Somalia’s legislative body members has announced that Ethiopia laid claims to Somalia.

Reacting on the transitional government’s remarks regarding capturing of Kismayo town from the islamists Osman Elmi Boqore has told Shabelle that Ethiopia dictated for the government to recapture Kismayo to make possible that Ethiopian troops to move out to the town that has significant port.

“Ethiopia wants to seize where ever it interests in Somalia to acquire supplementary economic because Ethiopia is landlocked, Somalis seized the town only Somalis can also recapture “no Ethiopians” ” Boqore said.

Regarding on the agreement signed by the president and the prime minister in Ethiopia Boqre has pointed out that it was “erroneous” accord since they didn’t in person agreed as he put it.

“They have been read out for what they agreed, they have to agree as leaders of nation” Boqore further said.

It’s the first kind or speech from Somali MP who stated that Ethiopia seized Somalia and take possession of.