19/02/09 (B486) Nouvelles de Somalie … (2 articles en Anglais)

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L’Egypte invite le nouveau Président somalien. // Egypt invites new president

Egypt has sent an official invitation Wednesday to the new Somali President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed to visit Cairo for talks on bilateral relations.

Munah Omar, the assistant secretary of foreign ministry for African affairs told reporters in Cairo that Egypt invited president Sheik Sharif to discuss the security situation of Somalia and expressed hope that the president would accept the invitation.

Munah said Somalia was very important government to Egypt and expressed hope that the new president would bring peace and order to Somalia where fighting has been going on for the last 18 years.

Islamist insurgents vowed fighting against the new president, but Egypt suggested the opposition groups to join the government and be part of unity government to work for the interest of the Somali people.

Somali parliament elected Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed as president in neighboring Djibouti last month.

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Deux jeunes tués par l’explosion d’un engin qu’ils manipulaient. // Explosion kills two in Mogadishu

Two teenagers have died and two others injured Wednesday after anti aircraft bullet exploded to them in Gubta neighborhoud in Mogadishu, witnesses told radio Shabelle.

Witnesses said the teenagers were playing with the bullet when it exploded. At first, one person died, but moments later the other one succumbed to his wounds from the bullet.

Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia, has been a battle ground since 1991 when warlords overthrew late president Mohamed Siad Barre.

Experts warned residents of Mogadishu against landmines and explosives, after the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops.