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16/08/08 (B461) Shabelle Media / Deux violentes explosions visaient ce matin les forces éthiopiennes, sur l’itinéraire de la délégation du Président du GNT et de son P.M. qui se rendent à Addis Abeba, pour tenter d’apaiser leurs divergences. Les Ethiopiens ont ouvert le feu et tué un père et son fils et fait plusieurs blessés dont un enfant / Explosions rock Somali capital, Ethiopian troops kill two (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Two powerful explosions took place this morning between Makka Al Mukarrama Road and the Adan Adde International Airport in Mogadishu as two delegations of the Transitional Federal Government were due to depart [for Djibouti and Ethiopia respectively].

A large number of Ethiopian and Somali troops had by then closed the main road connecting the presidential palace and airport.

The troops restricted the use of the road by public vehicles. Their excuse for the closure was the planned trip by the Somali government leaders.

The government delegation is divided into two – the president and his premier will leave together for Ethiopia where they will attempt to resolve their bitter political dispute. The second group is led by the deputy prime minister, who is also the information minister Ahmad Abdisalan, and is headed for Djibouti to attend a meeting aimed at finalizing a peace agreement signed in Djibouti [between the Somali government and a faction of the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia]. During the Djibouti meeting, both sides are expected to make proposals that will be tabled in Saudi Arabia [where a final deal is expected to be signed].

Though the road between the presidential palace and airport was closed, two powerful explosions targeting the Ethiopian forces took place. The explosions occurred near Somali Cinema and airport.

The Ethiopian forces opened fire and killed two civilians – a father and his son. They also injured four other people, three of them children.

16/08/08 (B461) Shabelle Media / Les troupes éthiopiennes d’occupation et les forces somaliennes ont tué 40 civils après les avoir sortis de leurs véhicules. Ethiopian, Somali soldiers kill, injure more than 40 Somali civilians: Witnesses (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Joint government and Ethiopian soldiers shot dead more than 40 civilians after they dismounted them from civilian vehicles in southwestern Mogadishu witnesses and elders said.

It was the latest in a series in which The Ethiopian and Somali troops have killed civilians who have come too close to troops wary of attacks by rebels.

The troops have pulled up civilian vehicles at Arbiska area near Afgoi district ordering the passengers to drop down from the vehicles where some of the handcuffed travelers were shot dead while other were shot dead in the vehicles they were traveling.

“When the vehicle was stopped the soldiers, fearing an attack, arbitrarily fired on it,” it said. The man died later of his wounds.

Dozens others were wounded in that attack those were rushed to Mogadishu hospitals.

No comments could be reached from the government/Ethiopian officials on this incident.