From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Thu Nov 27 2008 - 07:29:45 EST
6 die in Mogadishu's landmine blasts
Thu, 27 Nov 2008 11:03:57 GMT
Six people have died in landmine explosions in Hamar Weyene district, near the Somali presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu.
The remote controlled blasts on Thursday targeted a convoy of government soldiers from the nearby presidential palace as they were heading for Hamar Weyne, a Press TV correspondent quoted eyewitnesses as saying.
There were reportedly three government officers and two guards among the dead, said a Somali official on conditions of anonymity.
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attacks which followed weeks of relative calm in the district of the troubled Somali capital.
Mogadishu has traditionally been the center of conflict between government forces and armed rebels.
According to a Somali military spokesman, Dahir Mohamed Hirsi, many Somali soldiers who were seriously injured in clashes with insurgents have been sent to Nairobi, Kenya.
On Wednesday, the government inked a power-sharing deal with an opposition group, the Alliance for Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS), in Djibouti. The deal envisages the formation of a unity government and an enormous parliament with 550 seats, 200 of which will be filled by the opposition and 75 by members of Somalia's civil society.
It also extends the Transitional Federal Government's term, which expires early next year, to three years.
Pirates want $2m for Yemeni freighter
Wed, 26 Nov 2008 00:32:11 GMT
US Navy picture shows Somali pirates
Somali pirates have asked for a ransom of two million dollars for the release of a Yemeni cargo ship they seized last week, Yemeni officials say.
"The pirates are demanding a ransom of two million dollars," said one official on Tuesday.
Yemen's Interior Ministry said on Monday that the ship, Adina, was hijacked by the pirates in the Arabian Sea.
Since the start of this year, the pirates have carried out around 100 attacks in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.
They still hold 17 ships and over 250 crewmen, including the Iranian-chartered Delight, captured last week with 25 crewmen and 36,000 tons of wheat on board, and the Saudi Arabian supertanker MV Sirius Star, along with its $100 million of oil and 25 crewmen.
Iran has warned that it may resort to force to liberate the Delight, which was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia.
The pirates have also demanded 25 million dollars for the release of the Saudi supertanker.
Mohammed Said, the leader of the group holding the Sirius Star, told AFP that talks were ongoing.
"The negotiations with the owners of the tanker continue. I hope they understand the situation," the pirate said.
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