Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Police Station Is Attacked by the Shabab in Somalia - NYTimes.com


MOGADISHU, Somalia — Attackers from the Shabab militant group assaulted a police station in a Somali town north of Mogadishu on Tuesday, leaving at least 28 people dead and scores more wounded.
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Witnesses said a Toyota pickup truck tried to pass through the gate of a police station in the town of Beledweyne, near the Ethiopian border, but the truck was blocked by African Union forces. The attackers then detonated explosives inside the vehicle.
After the explosion, witnesses said, armed Shabab fighters entered the station and engaged in a shootout with the police. A Somali government spokesman, Abdirahman Omar Osman, said that in all, 11 officers and 7 civilians were killed in the attack, along with 10 militants who died either in the explosion or in the ensuing gun battle.
A spokesman for the Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. Just two months ago, the group said it was behind the deadly siege at the Westgate shopping mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, which left more than 60 people dead and thrust the Somali militants back into focus as a dangerous, cross-border threat.
International efforts to combat the group have only escalated since then. The United States military carried out a missile strike against a top Shabab operative in Somalia last month. Shortly thereafter, the Kenyan military also conducted airstrikes against a militant training camp run by the group.
Last week, the United Nations Security Council authorized an increase of more than 4,000 peacekeepers to aid in the fight against the Shabab, which will bring the total number of African peacekeepers in Somalia to more than 22,000 while expanding logistical support for the force.
The scene Tuesday was reminiscent of a devastating attack on the United Nations compound in Mogadishu in June, in which armed gunmen stormed the building after a bomb blast in a pickup truck. The assault on the police station came just a month after the Shabab attacked a cafe in Beledweyne frequented by African Union soldiers.
One witness to Tuesday’s attack, Abdi Ali, said he saw at least 10 bodies inside the police station. Another witness, Abdullahi Mose, said he saw at least four other bodies outside the police station killed by the explosion of the truck.
The Shabab rose to power as a nationalist movement resisting the United States-backedEthiopian invasion of Somalia in 2006. It claimed control of large areas of the country, including Mogadishu, but Somali troops and African Union forces have forced it back in recent years.
Both African Union peacekeepers and Somali forces “have paid a heavy price for their brave role in stabilizing Somalia,” President Hassan Sheik Mohamud said in a statement after the attack.
“We are making great progress while our enemies are on the back foot and reduced to sporadic and self-defeating attacks with no regard to life,” he said.
A spokesman for the Shabab, Abdiaziz Abu Musab, said in a telephone interview that the attackers “were told to enter the building and basically took over the building and there were a lot of casualties.”
Mr. Musab said 18 African Union soldiers from Djibouti and 23 Somali officers were killed but no civilians. The Shabab often give higher death tolls in the wake of such attacks than the numbers cited by Somali or African Union officials.
“Whenever we get a chance to attack anytime, we’re going to do it,” Mr. Musab said. “There’s an enemy in the area. This is our country. This is our land. We have to banish them.”

Mohammed Ibrahim reported from Mogadishu, and Nicholas Kulish from Nairobi, Kenya.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ethiopia: Civilian killings and arrests in Ogaden Region- Reports  | Somalilandpress.com | Somali News Online from Somaliland – Somalia and Horn of Africa


11 November 2013
According to reports that Ogadentoday Press has received from an independent sources in Ogaden, civilian crack down are taking place in different zones in Ogaden, a region in eastern Ethiopia where conflict ravaged since 1994.
Sources close to the Ogaden regional administration that refused to be named told Ogadentoday Press 12 persons have been killed by the regional Paramilitary forces, locally known Liyu Police.
An estimated hundreds have been arrested in last week In Ogaden towns of Godey, Shilaabo, Kebridahar, Dhagaxbuur, Jigjiga and Fik.
Ogadentoday Press has received some of the list arrested and killed.
The detainees have no access of the legal rights and mostly are accused of pro- rebel group of ONLF, Ogaden National Liberation Front fighting for self- determination of Ogaden Region in eastern Ethiopia.
Locals say, the government using harsh crack down and every one fears for his life and security.
ONLF, one of Ethiopian rebel groups, fighting for self determination of Ogaden Region issued last week a statement accusing for the government human right abuses in the region.
Peace talks between ONLF and Ethiopian government stalled on October 2012 but still there are diplomatic efforts to resume again negotiations.
Regional administration is preparing to held Ethiopia’s Nations’, Nationalities’ and Peoples’ Day in Jigjiga.
The government of Ethiopia puts its security alert high last week.
Ethiopian Paramilitary Forces have long accused of human right abuses in Ogaden Region but Ethiopia denies the accusations.
Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen and his delegation have visited recently the area for investment.
Since 2005, Ethiopia government isolated Ogaden region from the World, Ethiopia imposed a ban all international aid and media organizations in Ogaden despite some are operating under the permit of intelligence surveillances.
Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) fighting for the self-determination of Ogaden Region in Ethiopia since 1994. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Kenya Set to Repatriate 1 Million Somali Refugees-Prensa Latina News Agency


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Imagen activaNairobi, 10 Nov (Prensa Latina )The Kenyan government will repatriate 1 million Somali refugees living in refugee camps in the northern region under a tripartite agreement to be inked in Nairobi on Sunday.
Deputy President William Ruto said in a statement on Saturday that the East African nation had borne the brunt of terrorism and welcomed Ethiopia''s decision to join Africa Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in order to fight terrorism.

"As part of a campaign to eliminate the threat of terror, an estimated 1 million Somali refugees would be repatriated under an agreement to be signed in Nairobi on Sunday," Ruto said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

"Recently we had a terror attack ... and we welcome every effort to fight terror," said Ruto citing the recent terror attack on the Westgate shopping mall in which at least 67 people were killed and 175 others wounded.

Kenya hosts an estimated 650,000 refugees from the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region. Somali refugees in Kenya are estimated at 500,000 and the number has increased due to turmoil and recurrent droughts in the Horn of Africa state.

The country been torn asunder by factional fighting since 1991 but has recently made progress in stability.

The conflict has left some 1.1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and over 1 million more living in exile in neighboring countries, mostly in Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen.

Ruto said the repatriation program is being undertaken by the Kenyan and Somali governments together with the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

During the meeting, he said Ethiopian troops will join AMISOM as part of renewed efforts to combat terrorism in the Horn of Africa region.

Kenya has reiterated its strong commitment to continue working with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the African Union, the United Nations and the rest of the international community to protect the hard-won gains towards peace and security for the people of Somalia and the region.

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Prof. Muse Tegegne has lectured sociology Change &  Liberation  in Europe, Africa and Americas. He has obtained  Doctorat es Science from the University of Geneva.   A PhD in Developmental Studies & ND in Natural Therapies.  He wrote on the  problematic of  the Horn of  Africa extensively. He Speaks Amharic, Tigergna, Hebrew, English, French. He has a good comprehension of Arabic, Spanish and Italian.