July 27, 2001 |
Fighting erupted among rival Somali militiamen for control of the southern port of Kismayu, and radio reports said nine people were killed and 20 wounded. Residents said gunmen loyal to warlord Gen. Mohammed Morgan of the Somali Patriotic Movement fought rivals from the Juba Valley Alliance, a clan-based grouping that helped set up a new civil administration in the city, about 310 miles south of the capital, Mogadishu.
May 20, 2001 |
Somalia's first central government in a decade is struggling to assert its authority, sparking fears that the country could once again disintegrate into the anarchy it witnessed in the early 1990s. There are no properly functioning ministries. With government offices in ruins, most Cabinet ministers conduct their daily business in heavily guarded homes or hotel rooms.
March 31, 2001 |
A top faction leader freed two of four U.N. staffers he had been holding in opposition to Somalia's new government. Pierre-Paul Lamotte of Belgium and French national Mohamed Mohamedi were flown to Kenya, according to the United Nations. The remaining hostages are Britons.
March 28, 2001 |
Militiamen ambushed an aid convoy and attacked the compound of a French humanitarian aid group Tuesday, seizing nine relief workers, Somali officials said. A U.N. spokeswoman in neighboring Kenya said early today that five of the workers had been released. Witnesses said at least eight Somalis were killed in the fighting in Mogadishu that stemmed from a feud between two groups, one of which was hired to protect the compound of the aid group Doctors Without Borders.
January 9, 2001 |
The speaker of Somalia's parliament appeared after two days of hiding Monday and accused neighboring Ethiopia of masterminding an attack on his entourage that left at least nine people dead and dozens injured. A delegation led by speaker Abdalla Derow Issak, which included a government minister and seven legislators, was ambushed Saturday by more than 200 anti-government gunmen 185 miles northwest of Mogadishu, the capital.
January 8, 2001 |
Somalia has dispatched dozens of heavily armed men to rescue the parliament speaker and other officials in hiding since they were ambushed about 185 miles northwest of Mogadishu, the capital, by an anti-government militia, an official said. The force will not attack the Rahanwein Resistance Army gunmen who ambushed the group, but will meet the group at a village about 40 miles east of the ambush site, the official said. Speaker Abdalla Derow Issak and the others were said to be on foot.