Monday 24 July 2017
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
The United Nations has vowed to stand by Somalia, following Wednesday's deadly attack on a U.N. compound in the Somali capital. The bomb and gun attack by al-Shabab militants killed at least 21 people, including seven attackers and several people working for the United Nations Development Program. Speaking in Beijing Thursday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the U.N. will never be deterred by what he called despicable terrorist attacks. He said the U.N. will help the Somali government and people establish political stability and promote development and human rights. Separately, the U.N. Security Council said attacks will not lessen its resolve "to support Somalia's transition to peace and stability." On Wednesday, al-Shabab taunted the U.N. on its English-language Twitter feed,...
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
The Committee to Protect Journalists says in the past year, 55 journalists in 21 countries have gone into exile because of violence, threats and imprisonment. An official of the committee says an estimated 40% of those who’ve fled are from sub-SaharanAfrica. A new report by the CPJ says most journalists who have fled violence or repression come from Iran and Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Syria and Eritrea. They’re also found at the head of the CPJ’s annual Impunity Index. It ranks countries according to the degree to which attacks against journalists are investigated, and perpetrators punished. Tom Rhodes is the Eastern African consultant for the Committee to Project Journalists. He says the government of at least one of the top...
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa is losing slightly above 1.5 million children under the age of five annually due to malnutrition, according to non-governmental organisation Save the Children. On June 8, thousands of people including Bill Gates gathered in Hyde Park for the Big IF London rally aimed at reversing the situation, estimated to cost two million lives of children under the age of five globally. The rally, a coalition of over 200 UK organisations, was campaigning for action by G8 leaders to eliminate hunger and save millions of lives. The campaign wanted the G8 leaders, during their June 18 meeting, to act on four issues that mean so many people do not get enough food. The issues were enough aid to stop...
(Business Daily 06/20/13)
Aboard Jubba Airways, a rickety plane filled with a cacophony of Somalis all speaking at the same time, we landed in Mogadishu. A port that has for centuries been a major transit point in trade with other nations. The ancient silk routes lured many to its shores. It became cosmopolitan. It was fought over by the British and the Italians with the Italians managing to keep it. They built whitewashed stucco buildings and turned it into a boisterous playground. Nowadays, all that is left of that era is ruins of once magnificent buildings, some partially, others totally destroyed. In the 60's post-colonial era, the centre of Mogadishu was where one went to hear tall tales laced with superstitious and outrageous...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/13)
UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed outrage at a "despicable" Islamist attack on a UN compound in Somalia which left 16 dead but vowed that the organisation would not end its work in the troubled country. Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents killed nine people as they shot and blasted their way into the UN compound in Mogadishu Wednesday, the most serious attack on the United Nations there in recent years. Three foreigners including two South Africans in the UN compound died, along with a Somali UN worker, two Somali security guards and three civilians in the surrounding streets, officials said. Seven attackers also died in the assault. Ban telephoned Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud soon after the attack, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said...
(BBC News Africa 06/20/13)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed outrage over a "despicable" attack by Islamists on a UN office in Somalia which killed 15 people. He also stressed the UN "would not be deterred from delivering its mandate" in Somalia, Mr Ban's spokesman said. The attackers detonated a car bomb outside the UN mission in the capital Mogadishu, then engaged security forces in a fierce gun-battle. The al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab later said it was behind the attack. This is the first time the UN offices have been attacked since it recently relaunched its mission in Somalia. 'Act of desperation' Mr Ban was "deeply concerned and outraged by the despicable attack" on the UN Development Programme office, his spokesman Martin Nesirky said. The...
(The Independent 06/20/13)
The United Nations' gradual, peaceful return to Somalia was shattered this morning as a truck full of explosives was detonated at the front gates of its compound in the capital, Mogadishu. Less than a month after declaring the end of the transition period in the East African country and reinforcing its mission, the UN came under sustained attack from Islamist militants al-Shabaab. After an explosion, seven gunmen, from what the al-Qa'ida affiliate calls its "martyrdom brigade", ran into the compound. A battle lasting more than an hour ensued, as African Union peacekeepers and security guards fought the militants. At least 20 people were killed, including the seven terrorists and four of the security forces. Most of the UN staff inside...
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Prof. David Malone, Rector of United Nations University (UNU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster research and knowledge exchange on sustainable development in Africa. According to an official statement, the MOU was signed on June 5 after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 1-3. The AfDB-UNU partnership aims to strengthen collaboration between Japan and African countries to strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa. The AfDB and UNU will contribute to the establishment of a joint Africa–Asia strategic plan for sustainable development and a joint program of activities for capacity building in...
(Mail & Guardian 06/20/13)
Two South Africans have died in an al-Shabab attack on a United Nations compound in Somalia on Tuesday. The Mail & Guardian can confirm that the two were employees of state-owned arms manufacturer, Denel. Denel spokesperson, Vuyelwa Qinga, said the company was gathering more information and would inform the families of the victims once their identities had been confirmed. "We can confirm that we have been made aware of the incident and that among those dead are two Denel employees. At this moment we don't have any further information. We have someone on the ground who is gathering information so that we can inform the victim's next of kin," she said. Denel's chief executive Riaz Saloojee said in a statement:...
(Midnimo 06/19/13)
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “shocked” at the news of an attack on a UN compound in Somalia on Wednesday, his spokesman said. “The Secretary-General is aware of the attack against the United Nations in Somalia, and he is shocked by it,” Martin Nesirky, the spokesman, said in an e-mail. “He is being updated regularly as we get more information from Mogadishu and UN Headquarters in New York.” Ban is currently on a visit to China for talks with the country’s leaders. Earlier Wednesday he held talks with Chinese president Xi Jinping. Three foreigners and at least two Somali security guards were killed during the attack by Islamist insurgents in Mogadishu, UN sources said. One UN staff member and...
(Mareeg 06/19/13)
Mogadishu, 19 June 2013 – The UN Special Representative for the Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, condemned the violent attack on the United Nations Common Compound in Mogadishu. At about 11:30 this morning, a pickup truck rigged with explosives was detonated outside the gate of the UN compound, and attackers then entered on foot. Gunfire and further explosions followed, as staff took refuge in secure areas. “I am truly shocked and horrified by what took place in Mogadishu today. The United Nations Common Compound houses UN personnel working on humanitarian and development issues for the Somali people. This was an act of blatant terrorism and a desperate attempt to knock Somalia off its path of recovery and peace building.” “Thankfully,...
(Huffingtonpost 06/19/13)
MOGADISHU, Somalia — A spokeswoman for a South African defense company is confirming that two South Africans died in a militant attack on the U.N. compound in Mogadishu. Vuyelwa Qinga, a spokeswoman for Denel, a manufacturer of defense equipment, said Wednesday that two South Africans contracted from the company Denel Mechem who were doing demining work for the U.N. died in the attack. A final death toll from the bomb-and-gunfire attack claimed by al-Qaida-linked militants is not yet known. Somali officials say that five Somali civilians and seven attackers died. A U.N. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the press says four U.N. personnel also died, including three foreigners. By ABDI...
(Garowe online 06/19/13)
Hargeisa — Somaliland government rejected an aircraft attempting to land at Egal International Airport in Hargeisa on Tuesday, after Somaliland officials said the plane requested to use airspace from the Somali Federal Government (SFG), Garowe Online reports. Somaliland's Ministry of Aviation released a press release on Tuesday detailing the incident that forced a SS34 aircraft to double back after receiving permission from the SFG in Mogadishu. "After the air-traffic controllers notified the Ministry of Aviation about the aircraft entering Somaliland airspace and its intentions to land without receiving permission, we requested that the plane leave Somaliland airspace immediately," said Somaliland Aviation Ministry's Chief of Protocol Abdullahi Ahmed Arshe. This is the first time that the Somaliland government barred a plane...
(CNN 06/19/13)
Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) -- At least 14 people died and 15 others were wounded in an attack on the U.N. headquarters in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday. Seven militants, four U.N. employees and three female civilians were killed, said Abdikarim Hussein Guled, the country's interior and national security minister. The other victims were rushed to a hospital. Al-Shabaab, the militant group linked to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility, the group said on Twitter. It was the second major attack in the city in less than a month in an unstable nation beset with civil strife for many years. Police Officer Hussein Ahmed said one attacker blew himself up at the entrance of the U.N. compound, which is near the...
(AFP (eng) 06/19/13)
Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents shot and blasted their way into the United Nations compound in Mogadishu Wednesday, leaving eight people dead in the most serious attack on the UN in the troubled country in recent years. Three foreigners in the UN compound died in the attack, along with at least two Somali security guards and three civilians in the surrounding streets, officials said. Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon condemned the brazen daylight raid as a "senseless and despicable attack on innocent UN civilians". Shebab fighters, who boasted about the killings, used both a car bomb and suicide attackers to blast their way into the fortified base in central Mogadishu near the airport. Security warnings of an attack have...
(Garowe online 06/19/13)
Kismayo — A Jubaland government official was wounded in the tense port city of Kismayo on Tuesday and is being treated by AMISOM medical officials, Garowe Online reports. Yasin Nur (Radar) Kismayo Deputy Mayor was wounded reportedly by an armed solider in Kismayo while he was on a main juncture in the coveted port city. Mr. Radar had worked closely with Jubaland state President Sheikh Ahmed Madoobe and was said he would be nominated for Minister of Interior. Local residents told media that armed forces flooded the streets after the shooting and that the city was on heightened alert. Jubaland officials said that Mr. Radar is in stable condition and might be airlifted to Kenya to receive further treatment. Kenyan...
(The Associated Press 06/19/13)
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Officials say an attack on the main U.N. compound in Mogadishu, Somalia, is over, but the number of casualties isn't yet clear. At least five civilians and seven attackers are believed dead. Al-Qaida-linked militants detonated bombs and breached the U.N. compound, setting off gun battles with security forces. A U.N. spokesman says dozens of staff from U.N. humanitarian and development agencies were in the compound at the time, and many of them moved to a secure bunker. President Barack Obama is refusing to describe the type of military support the U.S. will give to Syrian rebels, even as he praises a decision by world leaders at a just-completed summit to seek a negotiated peace. Obama says...
(Alarabiya.net 06/19/13)
Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab insurgents said Wednesday they had attacked and shot their way into a key United Nations compound in the capital Mogadishu, the first major attack in recent years targeting the U.N. "Our commandos have attacked the U.N. compound... we set off an explosion and have entered the compound, where we are fighting with the infidel forces," a senior al-Shabaab official told AFP. An AFP reporter said a loud explosion had been heard followed by heavy gunfire from the complex -- home to U.N. humanitarian agencies -- but the insurgents' claims they had entered the compound could not be immediately verified. Government-run Radio Mogadishu reported that gunfire could be heard inside the compound, and that the attack had...
(AFP (eng) 06/19/13)
MOGADISHU, June 19, 2013 (AFP) - Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents said Wednesday they had attacked and shot their way into a key United Nations compound in the capital Mogadishu, the first major attack in recent years targeting the UN. "Our commandos have attacked the UN compound... we set off an explosion and have entered the compound, where we are fighting with the infidel forces," a senior Shebab official told AFP. An AFP reporter said a loud explosion had been heard followed by heavy gunfire from the complex -- home to UN humanitarian agencies -- but the insurgents' claims they had entered the compound could not be immediately verified. Government-run Radio Mogadishu reported that gunfire could be heard inside the...
(Shabelle News 06/19/13)
Bledweyne (Sh.M.Network)- heavy engagement between federal government troops aided by the AMISOM troops and Alshabab militia group occurred last night at the outskirts of Beledweyne city the headquarters of Hiran region. eyewitness who requested not to be named because of security reasons informed Shabelle media station that the heavy engagement caused heavy casualties to the two opposing sides. the Hiran administration and the opposing Alshabab group have not yet released any statement about the heavy battle which occurred last night. However, the top commander of AMISOM troops in Hiran region Osman Dubad has requested members of the public to cooperate and help the peacekeeping troops in fighting out Alshabab. the colonel added that they will take tough measures to ensure...

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