02 Jun 2011 – Morning headlines

Key Headlines:

  • TFG Security Heads meet after suicide attack
  • Somalia’s consultative meeting is being organized
  • Somali govt: We will fight against armed groups
  • Seized planes ‘modified to carry out tasks for pirates’
  • Power-sharing deal may break Somali deadlock
  • UNICEF calls for urgent attention to grave violations of children’s rights in Somalia

Titres Principaux:

  • Des chefs de sécurité du GFT se rencontrent pour discuter de l’attaque-suicide
  • Une réunion consultative en Somalie en cours d’organisation
  • Le gouvernement Somalien: ‘nous continuerons a combattre les groupes armés’
  • Les avions saisis étaient ‘modifiés afin d’accomplir des tâches pour les pirates’
  • Un contrat de partage de pouvoir pourrait briser le statu quo Somalien
  • L’UNICEF appelle à l’attention urgente sur le grave viol des droits des enfants en Somalie


TFG Security Heads meet after suicide attack

01 Jun – Source: Radio Mogadishu – 128 words

The TFG’s President met with his security team a day after a suicide attack left AMISOM forces dead and others seriously wounded on Monday evening. The president said there was need for security to be tightened in all the government-controlled areas to avoid a repeat of yesterday’s incident.

TFG soldier killed in Waberi after defying orders

02 Jun – Source: Radio Kulmiye – 60 words

A soldier dressed in full military gear was killed and another one wounded after defying orders from the Waberi security forces to stop and surrender his weapons. The injured soldier was rushed to hospital and will arraigned in a court of law for defying orders.

Somalia’s consultative meeting is being organized

01 May- Source: Shabelle- 216 words

In a press conference held in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, Augustine Mahiga, the UN special envoy for Somalia said the Somali leaders should end the longstanding political strife in a consultative meeting stated to take place in Mogadishu between 12 and 16 June.


Somali government bans carrying, selling of arms in capital

01 Jun- Source: Radio Shabelle- 123 words

The minister of National Security, Abdishakur Sheikh Hasan has said anyone found carrying or selling arms in the capital would be dealt with according to the law. Government forces arrested armed soldiers in the area between Sayidka intersection and Kilometre Four Junction in Mogadishu yesterday.

Al Shabaab threaten with “coordinated suicide attacks”

01 May- Source: Radio Gaalkacyo- 108 words

The Somali militant group, al Shabaab has threatened to launch “coordinated suicide attacks” against bases of TFG and AU peacekeepers in Mogadishu. The spokesman of al Shabaab Ali Muhamud Rage has told the pro-al Shabaab radio stations that his fighters have been “mobilized to launch suicide coordinated attacks against government bases and AU peacekeepers in Mogadishu” and that they have “completely changed their fighting tactics”.

Somali govt: We will fight against armed groups

01 May- Source: Shabelle- 125 words

Somalia’s Minister of Defense, Abdihakim Hajji Mohamoud Fiqi on Tuesday said that the transitional federal government in collaboration with the military, police and security forces will fight against groups carrying weapons in the capital. He said that the Somali soldiers, who violate the order, will be punished.


Security operations kicked off parts of Mogadishu

2 June – Source: Shabelle – 96 words

The district commissioner of Mogadishu’s Dharkenley, Moallim Abdulle Hilowle said that the security of Somali interim government on Wednesday started search operations in the district. Mr. Hilowle said the operations are aimed at assuring the security in the capital and the Dharkenley district in particular.


Puntland forces apprehend people for insecurity

31 May- Source: Mareeg- 117 words

After heavy security crackdown in the town of Galk’ayo in central Somalia, the security forces of Puntland on Tuesday arrested at least three people accused of destabilizing the security of the town. Puntland police officer, Abdirashid Aday said in a news conference in Galka’yo that the arrested people were suspected of having links with al Shabaab.



Seized planes ‘modified to carry out tasks for pirates’

01 May- Source: Daily Nation- 356 words

Two planes seized in Somalia with Sh300 million in ransom money were modified without civil aviation authorisation to enable them drop cash to pirates, it was revealed on Tuesday. The planes had left Wilson airport in Nairobi on claims that they were undertaking humanitarian evacuations in Somalia under the UN operation in the Horn of Africa country.

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Seized+planes+modified+to+carry+out+tasks+for+pirates/- /1056/1172800/-/fx4j5rz/-/

Two UPDF soldiers killed in Somalia

31 May- Source: New Vision- 91 words

Two Ugandan soldiers with the African Union force in Somalis were killed on Monday in a suicide attack staged by militants on one of the peacekeepers’ bases in Mogadishu.


Mombasa subordinate courts will try Somali pirate cases

01 May- Source: Coastweek, Xinhua- 459 words

Kenya’s high court on Tuesday ruled to allow the subordinate or lower courts to try piracy cases to boost the fight against the vice which is rampant along the coastline of Somalia. The high court in Mombasa gave a land mark ruling, putting to rest the long-standing tussle over the jurisdiction of the courts to try piracy cases, which have seen numerous cases at the magistrates’ courts stall.

. http://www.coastweek.com/3421_pirates_01.htm

Somali peacekeepers to soldier on despite attack

31 May- Source: Africa Review- 147 words

The operations of the peacekeepers serving AMISOM will continue despite being targeted by militants, an official has confirmed. Major Paddy Akunda, the spokesman of AMISOM, said in a press statement Tuesday that their operations will not be affected by the suicide act.

http://www.africareview.com/News/Somali+peacekeepers+to+soldier+on+despite+attack+/- /979180/1172566/-/12q3g91/-/index.html


UNICEF calls for urgent attention to grave violations of children’s rights in Somalia

01 Jun – Source: Unicef Media – 328 words

Grave violations of children’s rights are taking place every day in Somalia as fighting continues in a conflict the world has largely forgotten. Reports by WHO of a 46 per cent increase in weapon-related injuries to children under age 5 in Mogadishu in May 2011, underscore the vulnerability of Somali children in this ongoing conflict.


Power-sharing deal may break Somali deadlock

01 Jun – Source: Reuters – 450 words

A power-sharing deal might offer Somalia’s feuding leaders a way to save face and reach agreement on political reform, the U.N.’s special envoy to the Horn of Africa nation said on Wednesday.


FACTBOX-Somalia’s political leaders

01 Jun – Source: Reuters – 416 words

A power-sharing deal might offer Somalia’s feuding leaders a way to save face and reach agreement on political reform, the U.N.’s special envoy to the Horn of Africa nation said on Wednesday.

http://af.reuters.com/article/somaliaNews/idAFLDE75010K20110601?rpc=401&feedType=RSS &feedName=somaliaNews&rpc=401

Latest smuggling boat tragedy in Gulf of Aden claims at least 10 lives

1 June – Source: UN News Centre – 241 words

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced shock and sadness after at least 10 people died while making the perilous journey from the Horn of Africa to Yemen aboard a smuggling boat. The boat set sail early on Sunday from Bossaso, Puntland, in northern Somalia, according to reports by some of the original 115 passengers who made it to Yemen’s shore, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated in a news release.


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