By Hashi MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Armed gunmen on Sunday night killed a senior ministry of defence
official and his bodyguard as they were walking home from a
mosque in the restive Mogadishu, police confirmed on Monday.
A police officer
said Abdullahi Mohamed Sheikh, a senior officer at the army
command control headquarters in Mogadishu, and his bodyguard
were shot dead by gunmen armed with pistols.
“Gen Mohamed and his
bodyguard were shot dead by armed gunmen from behind. The two
were walking home from a mosque after evening prayers,” said the
police officer who declined to be identified.
official once served as deputy commander of logistics for the
Somali army. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the
Somalia, AU forces seek
solution to improvised explosive devices
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somalia and the African Union peacekeeping
mission (AMISOM) forces on Monday kicked off a three-day
conference to review threats posed by improvised explosive
devices (IEDs) and plan mitigating measures.
which also brought together representatives from the UN and the
British forces discussed the increasing threats and dangers
posed by IEDs in the Horn of Africa country.
“I expect actionable
recommendations brought forward, so that guidance can be given
to all sectors from the Force headquarters and the
recommendations to the African Union’s Peace Support Operations
Division for action,” Osman Noor Soubagleh, the AMISOM Force
Commander, said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.
The conference which
is sponsored by the United Nations Mine Assistance Mission (UNMAS)
is aimed at developing counter IED capability in Somalia.
Soubagleh noted that
previous workshops held on IEDs, had led to increased awareness
and knowledge, leading to a significant increase in discovered
explosives and their safe disposal.
Participants at the
symposium will share knowledge and information on IEDs to help
understand the scope of the threat.
focus on how to effectively control the widespread use of such
explosives by terror organizations such as Al-Shabaab.
Representative of the AU Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for
Somalia Francisco Madeira urged international partners to
continue support to AMISOM and the SNA to enable them to
effectively mitigate the dangers posed by IEDs on civilians and
security forces in Somalia.
“To reduce the
threat of IEDs, a combination of education, training, good
reporting, exchange of information, degrading the network of the
terrorists and investment in equipment to defeat the IEDs is
required,” said Madeira.
“It is only then
that AMISOM and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) can
undertake the necessary stabilization operations that Somalia
needs, to develop a stable and secure state,” he added.
The Director of
Mission Support at the United Nations Support Office in Somalia
Amadu Kamara said the convention would contribute to the
development of effective IED mitigation strategies, as part of
the wider comprehensive approach to security in south central
Allan McDonald, the
Director of UNMAS reiterated the importance of passing on the
knowledge gained at the conference to the troops on the front
line and most especially to the Somali security forces, in line
with efforts to support Somali led operations, ahead of the
planned drawdown of AU forces.
The Commander of the
British Forces, Colonel John Wakelin noted that the fight
against IEDs required a multi-pronged response, to deal
effectively with the challenge.
“There is no silver
bullet, there is no magic bullet, there is no one solution to
solving this IED challenge. There is no one bit of funding,
there is no one technique or tactic that is going to fix this.
It is a blend,” Wakelin said.
AU helps in preventing child
soldiers in Somalia
By Abdi MOGADISHU (Xinhua) --
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Wednesday it
has trained 60 officers from the Somali security forces in the
prevention of recruitment and use of child soldiers.
Madeira, the Special Representative of the AU Commission
Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, noted that the use of child
soldiers in conflict was widespread in Somalia and expressed the
need to establish the exact numbers of children fighting wars in
“It’s difficult to
know exactly how many underage children are involved in this
battle. We have to say it’s widespread, particularly within the
Al-Shabaab ranks,” Madeira said in a statement issued in
training drew participants from the Somali military, police and
intelligence services. Representatives of non-governmental
organizations, federal and regional level member states also
participated in the training which ended on Wednesday.
“We should spare
these children from being recruited into radicalism, from being
recruited into committing acts of violence against their own
people, against their own country and against their own
neighbors,” Madeira said.
The training focused
on the identification of child soldiers, the prevention of their
recruitment, their rehabilitation and reintegration into
Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African
Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, said the training would
equip Somali national security forces with skills and knowledge
to effectively contain the problem.
to Somalia David Concar attributed the widespread recruitment of
child soldiers in Somalia to violent extremism propagated by the
Al-Shabaab militant group.
“It does a huge harm
to communities and it’s holding back the cause of peace in this
part of Africa,” Concar noted.
China pledges to support
UNITED NATIONS Somalia (Xinhua) --
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with
Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire on Thursday on the
sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, pledging
China’s support for Somalia’s development.
China and Somalia
enjoy a long history of friendship, Wang said, adding that China
was one of the countries that first recognized Somalia’s
independence and Somalia was the first country in East Africa to
establish diplomatic relations with China.
China has always
supported Somalia in preserving its national sovereignty,
security and territorial integrity, and supports peace and
reconstruction in the country, he said.
of related UN resolutions, China has deployed its navy fleet to
carry out escort missions in the waters off Somalia, which has
contributed to maintaining security there, he added.
China supports the
Somali government in leading its people to embark on the path of
peaceful development soon, Wang said.
China is willing to
cooperate with Somalia in various fields and help Somalia
preserve peace, develop its economy and improve its people’s
livelihood so as to continuously strengthen its self-development
skills, Wang added.
Khaire, for his
part, said the Somali people always remember China’s support and
help for Somalia’s independence and development.
values China’s international status and its important role in
promoting Africa’s development, Khaire said.
Somalia supports the
China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and hopes that it will
play a unique role in jointly building the Belt and Road, he