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.
January 7, 2001 |
Militia gunmen attacked government forces escorting Somalia's parliament speaker and other officials, killing at least nine soldiers and wounding dozens, witnesses said. The fate of the officials was unknown. More than 200 Rahanwein Resistance Army gunmen ambushed speaker Abdalla Derow Issak's entourage as it was traveling in a militia-controlled region about 185 miles northwest of the capital, Mogadishu.
November 27, 1999 |
African regional leaders endorsed a peace proposal for war-torn Somalia on Friday that was aimed at undermining the power of the warlords. During a one-day summit in neighboring Djibouti, the leaders of Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti embraced the plan introduced earlier this year by Djibouti President Ismael Omar Guelleh. The four nations, along with Eritrea and Uganda, make up the regional Internal-Governmental Authority on Development, or IGAD.