From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Tue Nov 11 2008 - 08:52:50 EST
Bomb blast kills 2 at Somali MP residence
Tue, 11 Nov 2008 12:04:19 GMT
The scene of a 2006 car bomb attack in Baidoa.
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 nrear 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.
Somali pirates seize another ship
Tue, 11 Nov 2008 09:48:41 GMT
NATO ships have begun anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia.
Somali Pirates in the notorious Gulf of Aden have hijacked another ship chartered by the chemical tanker shipping group Stolt-Nielsen.
The Stolt Strength was seized by gunmen on Monday afternoon; two months after they hijacked another chemical tanker form the same shipping group, the Stolt Valor.
"The ship has a 21-member crew. All are Filipino," the coordinator of the East Africa Seafarers Assistance Program (SAP) Andrew Mwangura said.
The SAP is a regional maritime association which monitors piracy.
Mwangura added that the carrier is managed by a Victoria Ship Management in the Philippine capital of Manila but is on a long term charter to Stolt-Nielsen, according to Reuters.
Pirates are increasingly active in the waters off Somalia which is one of the world's busiest shipping routes connecting Europe to Asia and the Middle East.
They have attacked 81 ships so far this year, of which 11 ships and more than 200 crew member are still held off the coast of the country, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).
100 Somali MPs stranded in Kenya
Mon, 10 Nov 2008 21:58:53 GMT
The MPs have failed to return to Somalia from the Kenyan capital due to financial shortages.
More than 100 Somali parliamentarians have been unable to afford their trips back to their homeland following a regional summit in Kenya.
10 days after attending a meeting sponsored by the Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the lawmakers still failed to return to Somalia, a Press TV correspondent reported.
The meeting was formed to evaluate the performance of Somalia's transitional federal government, which is struggling in the face of gaping differences within the Somali factions and the country's runaway insurgency.
The MPs blame the organizers of the summit for refusing to cover their travel costs as well the expenses they incurred during their stay.
IGAD has disclaimed responsibility saying the Kenyan government had been in charge of the matter on the European Union's behalf.
Some MPs, though, have flown back to Somalia, but the issue has been a cause for controversy.
The UN Development Program (UNDP) is as well said to have footed the flight expenses. The organization's officials likewise deny any involvement in the issue.
Somali official killed in terror attack
Mon, 10 Nov 2008 13:25:27 GMT
Gunmen kill a Somali official and four of his guards
Gunmen have shot dead a government official in southern Somalia, as violence continues to take toll in the Horn of African nation.
Hussein Mohamed Arrorow, the deputy Governor of the southern Bay region, and four of his guards were killed late Sunday, when nine gunmen attacked their vehicle in Baidoa, the base of the transitional Somali parliament, Press TV's Somalia correspondent reported on Monday.
Somali security forces arrived at the scene and started house-to-house searches for the men. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Elsewhere in Somalia, at least five people were killed and 15 others where wounded after a minibus collided with a truck near Mogadishu.
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