MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somalia security forces on Thursday killed at
least three Al-Shabaab militants and injured four others in
heavy fighting with the insurgents in Bariire location in
Deputy Governor of
Lower Shabelle region, Abdifitah Haji Abdulle, told reporters
that Al-Shabaab militants attacked Somalia National Army base in
Bariire, sparking fierce fighting between the army and
army bases in Bariire location in Lower Shabelle region today,
then fighting broke out that lasted about two hours. Somali
National Army killed 3 Al-Shabaab militants and wounded 4
others,” Abdulle said.
Abdulle added that
there were no casualties on Somali National Army side during the
fighting in the area.
A resident in
Bariire told Xinhua by phone that residents have deserted the
town due to fears of retaliatory attacks by the insurgents.
“I cannot tell the
number of casualties of the fresh fighting today, but casualties
will only be from warring sides here because residents were
displaced already,” the resident said.
did not comment on the latest assault in Bariire town which is
about 60km south of the capital Mogadishu.
At least 18 Al-Shabaab
militants were killed last week after they raided a military
base in Bariire town.
Somali forces kill nine Al-Shabaab
militants in S. Somalia
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somalia National Army (SNA) killed nine Al-Shabaab
militants in an operation occurred at an area about 35 km to
Burdhubo town in Gedo region, southern Somalia, officials said
commander of 48 Division, Abdirahman Ibrahim Mohamed told
state-owned radio that the operation which started on Monday
evening was well planned that targeted a stronghold of the
militants in the region.
“We killed nine Al-Shabaab
militants, three of them senior officials in a successful
operation near Burdhubo town in this region. We recovered eight
AK47 rifles and one PKM during the operation on Monday, we are
also in the area at moment for further investigation,” Ibrahim
Ibrahim did not
confirm the number of casualties on SNA side. There was no
comment as well from Al-Shabaab militants on the latest military
operation by SNA.
Such operation comes
three weeks after the militants carried out major attacks at
some key towns including Bula-Hawo and El-Wak in Gedo region
near the Kenya-Somalia border.
Sudanese president vows peace
and stability in Somalia
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on
Thursday that his country would exert utmost efforts for peace
and stability in Somalia.
“We have conducted
comprehensive talks, the ultimate goal of which is to employ
Sudan’s potentialities to achieve peace, stability and unity in
Somalia,” said al-Bashir at a joint press conference after a
meeting with his Somali counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed in
the capital Khartoum.
“Our concern has
been to restore stability in Somalia which has suffered
instability and insecurity,” he added.
The meeting focused
on the security and economic situations in Somalia, its external
relations with neighboring countries, Sudan’s contribution to
fighting drought in Somalia, and Sudan’s role in restoring
security and stability there, according to the Sudanese
President Mohamed hailed Sudan’s supports to his country.
“Somalia and Sudan
have enjoyed historical ties over centuries which are based on
brotherhood and blood relations,” he said.
On Wednesday, the
Somali president leading a high-level delegation, including
ministers of foreign affairs, finance, agriculture and youth and
sports, arrived in Khartoum for a two-day visit.
Somalia president visits Sudan
for talks on bilateral issues
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on
Wednesday arrived in Sudan’s capital Khartoum for a two-day
visit to discuss bilateral issues.
“This visit comes as
affirmation of the deep and strong ties between Sudan and
Somalia,” said Hamid Mumtaz, Sudan’s state minister for foreign
reiterated Sudan’s commitment to work for achieving peace and
stability in Somalia.
The Somali president
is expected to hold talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir
and First Vice-President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh.
president’s will also visit some Sudanese industrial and
The two sides are
scheduled to sign joint agreements, and the two presidents will
hold a joint press conference at the conclusion of the visit on
was received upon arrival at Khartoum airport by president al-Bashir
and senior government officials.
UN-backed innovation challenge
opens in Somalia
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
A UN-backed innovation camp is underway in
Mogadishu with 55 young Somali men and women brainstorming on
best business ideas to improve the dairy industry.
A statement from the
UN Development Program (UNDP) issued on Wednesday said
participants in the first ever “Innovate for Somalia” will
develop specific solutions to dairy industry challenges, which
will then be reviewed, fine-tuned and developed into a business
UNDP Somalia Country
Director, George Conway, congratulated the government on its
leadership in making the event happen.
“These kinds of
processes must involve broad collaboration between the Federal
Government, between civil society and between the private
sector, to bring us all together and think through what we can
do differently,” Conway said.
“We need new
thinking, new approaches to achieve the Sustainable Development
Goals, and we rely on the youth of Somalia to articulate,
bright, smart, new ideas that are bankable, that can create
employment, that can help to reduce poverty in your country,” he
innovation event being run by two ministries is part of a series
of innovation camps which will be held across Somalia and which
will give young Somalis between the ages of 19 and 30 a chance
to come up with innovative solutions to address development
challenges in Somalia.
According to the
UNDP, such business ideas or prototypes might be the
establishment of a new company, a new NGO, or expanding the work
of existing organizations with a scale-up plan.
“The core idea is
that Somali challenges are tackled with Somali solutions,
implemented by Somali people, and are locally owned and driven,”
the UNDP said.
The innovation camps
aim to support the government in implementing its National
Development Plan, by using innovation to turn development
challenges into serious social and economic ventures.
Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Planning, Investment and
Economic Development, welcomed the young people to the event on
behalf of the Somali Federal Government.
will greatly contribute to the recovery and development of
Somalia. We want to benefit from the skills and innovation of
the Somali youth to address the challenges that are affecting
our country,” he said.
The event, which
will conclude with a finale on Oct. 9 with the young people
forming teams to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and win
support for their idea.
The successful team
who enter the UNDP incubation program will receive further
mentoring and support to develop their business idea into a
viable product or enterprise, and will go into a shortlist to
receive financial support for their idea.
UNEP warns climate change to
escalate conflicts in Horn of Africa
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Horn of Africa region could become an
epicenter of violent conflicts as climatic shocks intensify the
scramble for grazing lands and water, the Executive Director of
UN Environment Program (UNEP), Erik Solheim said.
screening of a film called “A Climate for Conflict” in Nairobi
on Wednesday night, Solheim noted that global warming will be
the main driver of civil strife, terrorism and forced migration
in the greater horn of African region.
“There is no denying
that climate change will remain a big security challenge not
only in Somalia but also in other Horn of African countries.
Communities will continue fighting over over-stretched natural
resources such as land, pasture and water,” Solheim remarked.
which was produced by two British filmmakers, sought to shed
light on the devastating impact of rising temperatures on
pastoralists and farmers inside the Horn of African State.
It was screened
ahead of the UN global climate summit to be held in the German
city of Bonn from Nov. 6 to 17 where governments will renew
pledge to cut down on emission of gases responsible for rising
The UNEP official
said that the link between climate change and insecurity will be
given due attention during the upcoming global climate talks.
“Climate change has
not spared any nation and is one of the amplifiers of
instability in many parts of the world. It has undermined
peaceful co-existence among communities in the Horn of Africa,”
He added that
massive investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation
is key to promote sustainable development and stability in East
and Horn of African region.
Horn of African
governments and their bilateral partners should revitalize
action on environmental stresses that are fuelling conflicts,
violent extremism and mass migration.
Rashid Abdi, the
Horn of Africa Project Director at the International Crisis
Group, said that climate change has worsened depletion of
natural capital and animosity between herders and farmers in the
are creating conditions for armed conflicts and terrorism to
thrive in this region,” Abdi remarked adding that any attempts
to promote conflict resolution in the Horn of Africa region
should incorporate ecosystems restoration.