Suspected al Shabaab rebels raid Kenya police post

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By Noor Ali | Reuters

Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki (L), walks with the Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (R) on arrival at the 16th Extra Ordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of state meeting on Somalia, in Addis Ababa November 25, 2011. REUTERS/Kumerra Gemechu

GARISSA, Kenya (Reuters) – Suspected Somali al Shabaab rebel fighters raided a police post near Mandera in northern Kenya Saturday, seizing weapons and burning a mobile phone transmission mast, security officials said.

The group of fighters attacked Arabiya, a trading centre 60 kilometres from Mandera, and engaged police in a firefight before overpowering them and taking all the guns and bullets from the local police post.

“Arabiya was attacked. We believe it’s al Shabaab. They destroyed, burnt a communication booster and took ammunition at the police post,” North Eastern Provincial police commander Leo Nyongesa told Reuters by phone.

There were no injuries or deaths reported.

Kenya ordered its soldiers across the border in October to crush the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab who it said had attacked its security forces and tourists inside Kenya.

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The latest incident comes days after grenade attacks in the frontier town of Garissa killed six, and a roadside bomb killed a soldier in Mandera town.

Nyongesa said police had arrested five people suspected to be involved in the Garissa attack. Continue reading

Security Council: Somalia risks losing support

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NAIROBI, Kenya – The U.N. Security Council is warning Somali leaders that they risk losing financial support if they can’t agree on how to carry out upcoming elections.

Somalia‘s government depends on international support for almost everything, including the salaries of soldiers and lawmakers. Around 9,000 African Union troops are stationed in Mogadishu to prevent the government from being overrun by militants. Continue reading

Int”l Conf. on Combating Piracy starts in Dubai with Kuwaiti FM partaking Politics

DUBAI, April 18 (KUNA) — International Conference for Combating Piracy in Western Indian Ocean and the Coast of Somalia kicked off here Monday with the State of Kuwait among the participants.
Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan delivered an opening address in which he said that this conference for fighting piracy is the first of its kind in the Arabian Gulf, and it represents an opportunity for making concerted efforts for eliminating threat posed by piracy to the international trade traffic. Continue reading

5 Somalis brought to SKorea to be tried for piracy

SEOUL, South Korea – Five Somali pirates captured during a raid on a hijacked cargo ship in the Arabian Sea were brought Sunday to South Korea, where they could face up to life imprisonment, the coast guard said. The men were arrested as South Korean commandos raided the South Korean-operated Samho Jewelry earlier this month, a week after pirates seized the freighter and its 21 crew members. Continue reading

11 Somalians appear in US court on piracy charges

A suspected pirate  from Somalia looks around as he is escorted into federal court by US Marshal's in Norfolk, Va., Friday, April 23, 2010.   A group of eleven suspected pirates are due to be arraigned and tried in the Norfolk Federal court.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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A suspected pirate from Somalia looks around as he is escorted into federal court by US Marshal’s in Norfolk, Va., Friday, April 23, 2010. A group of eleven suspected pirates are due to be arraigned and tried in the Norfolk Federal court.

NORFOLK, Va. (MapNews) –

Eleven Somalians accused of attacking two navy ships off the coast of Africa have appeared in Virginia federal court on charges of piracy.

The defendants did not enter pleas Friday before U.S. Magistrate Tommy Miller. An interpreter read the charges to them.

The judge scheduled a detention hearing next Wednesday and ordered the defendants held until then. They will be assigned defense attorneys later.

They appeared in two separate groups: Five are accused of attacking the USS Nicholas and six are accused of attacking the USS Ashland.

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