Recent News from Somalia

  • 01/19/2010: Somali pirates released a Greek oil tanker after being paid a reported $5 million ransom. At least 3 pirates died after fighting broke out over distribution of the ransom, Bloomberg.
  • 01/05/2010: The U.N.’s World Food Programme has had to suspended distribution of aid in Somalia due to security concerns, Al Jazeera. Rebel groups, including the militant al-Shabab group, now control most of Somalia.
  • 12/07/2009: Somali protesters marched in the capital city of Mogadishu today to show their anger at terrorist attacks by the militant group al-Shabab that controls much of the country, BBC News.
  • 12/03/2009: The death toll from this morning’s bomb attack in Somalia has risen to at least 19. Four government ministers were killed in the suicide attack, which has been condemned worldwide. Government officials say they believe Islamist militants al-Shabab are responsible, BBC News.
  • 12/03/2009: 15 people, including 3 cabinet ministers and 3 journalists, are dead after a suicide bomber struck a university graduation ceremony in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. The suicide bomber was dressed as woman. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the militant Islamic group al-Shabab is suspected. Islamic militants control much of central and southern Somalia. The capital is protected by African Union peacekeepers who have nearly daily skirmishes with militants, Associated Press.
  • 11/21/2009: Paul and Rachel Chandler, the British couple captured by Somali pirates during a sailing vacation in October, have released a new video saying the pirates are losing patience and will kill them soon if a $7 million ransom is not paid, CNN.

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