Friday, May 30, 2014

A man and woman who blew themselves up in a restaurant in Djibouti

By Abdourahim Arteh
DJIBOUTI (Reuters) – A man and woman who blew themselves up in a restaurant in Djibouti on Saturday – in the first attack of its kind in the East African state – were probably Somalis, the interior minister said.
The suicide bombing killed one other person – a Turkish national – in the restaurant that was filled with Western military personnel. Seven Frenchmen and four Germans were among the wounded, Interior Minister Hassan Omar said on Sunday.
“I would say two suicide bombers are probably of Somali origin. But the investigations will prove that,” Omar told journalists.
The interior ministry, which had previously stated as fact that the couple were Somali, did not say if it suspected any group for being behind the bombing.
“This act of blind terrorism does not jeopardise our determination to fight with the international community against this scourge,” President Ismail Omar Guelleh said.
“We promise to make every effort to find the perpetrators and sponsors of this barbaric crime.”
A former French colony, Djibouti hosts a French military base and the only U.S. military base in Africa. Its port is used by foreign navies policing the Gulf of Aden’s shipping lanes, some of the busiest in the world, against pirates from Somalia, which borders the country to the south.
Somalia is home of the al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab which has carried out many gun and bomb attacks outside the country, including as assault on a Kenyan shopping mall last year that killed 67 people. On Saturday, it attacked the Somali parliament, killing at least 10 security officers.
Djibouti has troops in Somalia as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia or AMISOM – also comprising forces from Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia – which helped drive al Shabaab from Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, in 2011.
The European Union said members of the its naval mission EUNAVFOR Atalanta and civilian maritime security mission EUCAP Nestor were wounded in Saturday’s bombing. Spain said three of its airforce personnel, in Djibouti as part of the EU mission, were hurt, one of whom was seriously wounded by shrapnel.
The Pentagon said no Defense Department personnel were wounded.
(Additional reporting by George Obulutsa in Nairobi, Arshad Mohammed in Washington, Sarah White in Madrid; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
euronews provides breaking news articles from Reuters as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes.
Copyright 2014 Reuters.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Somalia protest xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Somalia protest xenophobic attacks in South Africa
Xenophobic attacks continue to escalate around South Africa. The question remains – Who is to blame?

Of course South African border control is absolutely useless and the ANC seem to give a free pass to all of Africa to enter South Africa. With immigrants running wild from Lesotho, Mozambique, Somalia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. We can expect some new official languages being added in the future in South Africa.

In the case of South Africa xenophobic attacks are justifiable because South Africa is plagued with poverty and unemployment. The native South African blacks are starved even more with these immigrants and therefore xenophobia is a major problem in South Africa.

Another border problem is poachers. They come in to South Africa and poach priceless rhino horn and flee cross borders to neighboring countries. Criminals do the exact same. Murderers and thieves cross borders in to South Africa and commit horrible crimes and flee across the border. The South African police are “powerless” to stop these crimes …

Many Somali immigrants face brutal xenophobic attacks and Somalians protested in Somalia about these crimes in South Africa…

South Africa Today – South Africa News

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Blasts kill dozens at market in China's restive Xinjiang region
By Jethro Mullen, CNN
May 22, 2014 -- Updated 0635 GMT (1435 HKT)

Source: CNN
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The explosions have killed 31 people and wounded over 90, Xinhua says
China says the attack is "a serious violent terrorist incident"
Explosions go off after two SUVs drive into people at a market
Hong Kong (CNN) -- A series of explosions struck a market Thursday in the capital of the volatile western Chinese region of Xinjiang, killing 31 people and wounding more than 90 others, state media reported.
China's Ministry of Public Security said the attack was "a serious violent terrorist incident" and vowed to crack down on its perpetrators. President Xi Jinping called for the terrorists behind it to be "severely" punished.
Two SUVs plowed into people gathered at the open market in Urumqi at 7:50 a.m., and explosives were thrown out of the vehicles, China's official news agency Xinhua said.
One of the SUVs then exploded, according to Xinhua, which cited a witness in the market who said he heard a dozen big bangs.

Images circulating on social media showed flames and smoke billowing out from the end of a tree-lined street guarded by police officers. Other pictures showed wounded people being carried away from the scene of the blasts.
All of the wounded have been taken to several hospitals in the area, Xinhua reported, citing police.
String of recent attacks
The attack at the market comes less than a month after an explosion hit a train station in Urumqi, killing three people and wounding 79 others.
That blast, described as a terrorist attack by Chinese authorities, took place on April 30, just after Chinese President Xi Jinping had wrapped up a visit to the restive region.
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Chinese officials have linked a mass knife attack in March that killed 29 people at a train station in the southwestern city of Kunming to Islamic separatists from Xinjiang.
They have also blamed separatists for an attack in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in October in which a car rammed into a pedestrian bridge and burst into flames, killing two tourists and the three occupants of the vehicle.
Ethnic tensions
The knife-wielding assailants in the Kunming attack and the people in the car that hit Tiananmen were identified as Uyghurs, a Turkic-speaking, predominantly Muslim ethnic group from Xinjiang.
Ethnic tensions between Uyghurs and Han Chinese people, millions of whom have migrated to resource-rich Xinjiang in recent decades, have repeatedly boiled over into deadly violence in recent years.
Uyghurs say they resent harsh treatment from Chinese security forces and Han people taking the lion's share of economic opportunities in Xinjiang. The Han are the predominant ethnic group in China, making up more than 90% of the overall population.
The deadliest violence in decades took place in July 2009, when rioting and clashes in Urumqi between Uyghurs and Han Chinese killed around 200 people and wounded 1,700. That unrest was followed by a heavy crackdown by Chinese authorities.

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