From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Fri Nov 28 2008 - 08:14:39 EST
Grenade attack kills 5 in Somalia
Fri, 28 Nov 2008 05:32:33 GMT
Five people have been killed and 15 others wounded in a grenade attack at a market in Somalia's southern town of Baidoa, officials say.
The assault which targeted a police patrol killed four civilians and one policeman and injured 15 others on Thursday, local officials told a Press TV correspondent.
Also on Thursday, at least six people were killed in landmine explosions near the Somali presidential palace in Hamar Weyene district in Mogadishu.
Both attacks came a day after a power-sharing pact was inked by the government and an opposition group that paved the way for the formation of a unity government and the expansion of parliament.
The agreement also extended the term of the Transitional Federal Government to three more years.
Insurgents have been staging attacks against the government since early 2007, resulting in the death of thousands of people and the displacement of many others.
The lawless country has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords ended the dictatorship of Muhammad Siad Barre.
Liberian-flagged ship seized off Somalia
Fri, 28 Nov 2008 12:43:58 GMT
The Saudi-operated supertanker Sirius Star
Somali pirates have hijacked a Liberian-flagged chemical tanker and its 30-member crew in the pirate-infested waters of the Gulf of Aden.
Two British security guards and dozens of Indian personnel are among the crewmembers, diplomatic officials speaking on the condition of anonymity told AP on Friday.
A regional maritime official also confirmed the incident but could not provide further details.
The sea bandits seized the chemical tanker in the notorious Gulf of Aden waters, where 39 ships have been hijacked in some 100 piracy attempts this year.
Pirates are still holding a Saudi-operated supertanker loaded with USD 100 million worth of oil on board along with an arms-laden Ukrainian ship as well as 14 other vessels.
The Saudi Sirius Star was pirated earlier this month, but the Ukrainian MV Faina was seized on September 25.
Somali pirates usually release the vessels and crewmembers unharmed once they receive a requested amount of ransom.
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