MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
Several Al-Shabaab militants were killed on
Tuesday in heavy fighting between Somali National Army and the
militant group near Baidoa town, southwest Somalia, officials
Security Minister of
Southwest State in Somalia Hassan Hussein Mohamed told Xinhua by
phone that the militants’ attempt to capture two areas was
attacked SNA and Southwest State forces’ bases in Daynuney and
Gof-gudud, north and east of Baidoa town, but their attempt to
capture the two areas were foiled,” Mohamed said.
Mohamed said several
militants were killed and others wounded during the early
“There are no
casualties on our side and we remain at our bases while
continuing operations against terrorists in the region now,”
Other sources said
at least five militants were killed in the attack on Daynuney,
while one government soldier was injured in Gof-gudud.
Both bases locate in
the Bay region of Somalia. Residents also confirmed the
militants launched simultaneous attacks on the two regional
Residents said the
militants briefly seized Gof-gudud Burey before regional forces
retook it, noting that troops at Daynuney held their positions,
claimed to have captured Daynuney location, about 25 km east of
Baidoa town, and Gof-gudud location, about 30 km north of Baidoa.
Some residents in
Baidoa told Xinhua the militants briefly captured the two
locations and later looted materials and medicines at a police
station and a hospital in Gof-gudud.
The latest assault
by security forces came amid increased attacks by the Al-Qaida-allied
militant group, which is targeting government and African Union
bases in Somalia.
Somali PM urges
int’l community to help in stabilization process
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire on
Monday appealed to the international partners to support his
government to steer the country’s security sector reform
co-chaired the government’s security sector reforms cluster
meeting in Mogadishu said the Horn of African nation still needs
the African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) to stabilize the
“We still need
AMISOM and we don’t want to see their work going back,” the PM
told the key stakeholders in the security reform process
including representatives from the United Nations and the
The pan African
body’s mission has promised to continue supporting the
transition through the priority tasks including securing main
supply routes, securing key population centers, to mentor and
assist Somali security forces, both military and police, in
close collaboration with UN Mission in Somalia and in line with
the National Security Architecture.
AMISOM has also
committed to further degrading Al-Shabaab and implementing the
transition process by continuing joint AMISOM-Somalia National
Army efforts in executing these tasks.
During the meeting,
Khaire highlighted the strong cooperation between the federal
government and federal member states in the delivery of the
National Security Architecture.
National Security Architecture plan is central to achieving
sustainable security reform and a transition of primary
responsibility of security from AMISOM to Somali security
Deputy Head of
AMISOM Simon Mulongo emphasized the need for a well-planned and
articulated transition in order to avoid setbacks.
should be one which goes hand in hand with stabilization,
mediation and reconciliation efforts and delivery of basic
social services,” Mulongo said.
The Monday meeting
was a follow-up to the High-Level Security Conference held in
Mogadishu in December last year in which a conditions-based
transfer of security responsibilities from AMISOM to Somali
forces was discussed.
Somalia and Turkey ink trade
deals to boost bilateral ties
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somalia said on Monday that it signed a
raft of trade agreements with Turkey aimed at boosting an
already thriving economic cooperation between the two countries.
Somali Deputy Prime
Minister Mahdi Ahmed Gulaid said he signed a cooperation
protocol during the inaugural meeting of a Joint Economic
Commission (JEC), noting that Mogadishu was open to foreign
investment and ready to boost trade cooperation with all
“The agreements will
also open Somali exports to Central Asian markets through the
Turkish gateway as well as to contribute to the country’s
economic recovery and to generate employment for the Somali
youth,” Gulaid said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.
He said the
objective of the JEC is to translate the number of memorandums
of understanding signed between the two countries into reality
with immediate priority being to open Turkish markets for Somali
products such as dry lemon, sesame and banana.
The deputy prime
minister stressed that revitalizing the Horn of Africa country’s
economy was one of the top priorities of the Somali government.
The two countries
had previously signed trade agreements in areas such as energy,
mines, electricity, higher education, agriculture, and
Gulaid said Turkey’s
investment in Somalia is more than 100 million U.S. dollars,
predicting that the bilateral trade volume could rise to 200
million dollars from about 120 million dollars in 2016.
The two countries
resolved to convene regular meetings to follow up on the
implementation of the agreements and to bolster the strategic
cooperation in the years to come.
“Apart from the
historical relations between our countries, Turkey has become a
very important ally for the Somali people and we are committed
to consolidate these relations for the mutual benefit of our two
countries,” Gulaid said.
He said trade ties
will also open the gates for the Somali business community to
have business-to-business deals with their Turkish counterparts
and to participate in Turkish trade fairs.