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Nine killed during ‘mistaken’ combat between Somali security forces

Fighting between the military and police backed by intelligence forces killed nine people in the Somali capital on Saturday, police said.

“It seems they mistook the Somali national army for (clan) militias. The death toll is nine people including a civilian,” Major Abdullahi Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters.

He said the fighting occurred because police were wrongly informed that there were armed militias in the area.

“Accidents happen,” he said.

Somalia has been riven by civil war since 1991, when clan-based warlords overthrew a dictator then turned against each other.

The weak U.N.-backed government is now battling an Islamist insurgency, but many members of its security forces are badly trained and coordination is poor.

“Last night security forces (the police and intelligence) besieged us and then opened fire. We defended ourselves and chased the so-called security forces after hours of fighting today. We lost two soldiers and a wife of my colleague,” Major Nur Osman, a military officer, told Reuters on Saturday.

“The land belongs to the military, it houses the families of soldiers. However, the security forces were trying to force us off the land,” he said.

Residents said the fighting was terrifying.

“We were awoken last night … by gunfire … We took our babies on our shoulders and fled,” resident Mohamed Idle told Reuters.

In a separate incident on Saturday, Islamist insurgents briefly entered the town of El Wak in Gedo region, southern Somalia, near the border with Kenya.

“A few soldiers were in El Wak and they left in the morning for tactical practice. Many al Shabaab fighters advanced,” Captain Ibrahim Ali, a military officer, told Reuters.

Al Shabaab said they stayed briefly, took weapons and supplies, and left.

REUTERS

[Photos] African leaders arriving in New York for 72nd U.N. General Assembly

African leaders will join their global counterparts in New York when the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) officially kicks off on Tuesday September 19, 2017.

Whiles some leaders have already arrived in the United States with their entourage, others will depart today. Most likely, a majority of them will be arriving on Monday.

The Malawian and Ugandan governments have confirmed the arrival in the U.S. of their respective leaders – Peter Mutharika and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

South Africa’s government also confirmed on Sunday afternoon that President Jacob Zuma had arrived in New York.

#Malawi President APMutharika has arrived in New York, #USA for #UNGA72 https://t.co/xyqqHu7Fnr#UNGA #UNGA2017 pic.twitter.com/j0UGs93k5z— Malawi Government (MalawiGovt) September 16, 2017

.KagutaMuseveni arrives in New York for #UN 72nd general assembly meeting https://t.co/WDHTcQdesr pic.twitter.com/0X9uF46Vqx— State House Uganda (StateHouseUg) September 16, 2017

President Jacob Zuma arrives in New York, USA ahead of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, taking place on 19-25 Sept. pic.twitter.com/jaXmVd9RfB— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) September 17, 2017

The Nigerian government on the other hand, disclosed on Saturday that President Buhari will leave on Sunday morning. A presidential aide confirmed him having flown out according to the scheduled information. He has since arrived in New York.

The Cameroonian president, Pul Biya, also confirmed on his Twitter handle his departure for New York for the summit as far back as last Thursday.

Congo Republic’s Denis Sassou Nguesso also left the capital, Brazzaville, and is heading for New York to join his peers to deliberate on pertinent global issues.

President MBuhari has arrived New York for the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly #UNGA #UNGA72
📷: BayoOmoboriowo
pic.twitter.com/VzBWVlSVHR— Presidency Nigeria (NGRPresident) September 18, 2017

Departure from Yaounde to the 72nd Session of #UNGA in New York, #USA: https://t.co/n3549JEnnd #PaulBiya #Cameroon bbcafrique prc_cellcom pic.twitter.com/SJckb7PjiC— President Paul Biya (@PR_Paul_Biya) September 14, 2017

#Congo – Le Président Denis SassouCG Nguesso a quitté #Brazzaville ce 17/09/17 pour New-York où il prendra part à la 72e AG de l'#ONU. #USA pic.twitter.com/d7EVvRXkqt— ICIBRAZZA (ICIBrazza) September 17, 2017

Senegal’s Macky Sall, Mali’s Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Burkina Faso’s Roch Marc Kabore have all landed in New York for the commencement of the summit.

Le Président est à New-York pour participer à la 72e Session ordinaire de l'Assemblée générale des Nations Unies
👉🏿 https://t.co/FvPaFLVd4d pic.twitter.com/sc9DalODpz— Présidence Sénégal (@PR_Senegal) September 18, 2017

Le Président de la République à New York pour le 72e Sommet de l'#ONU #UNGA pic.twitter.com/t72KVArtFd— Presidenceci (@Presidenceci) September 18, 2017

KOULOUBA | L'Agenda du lundi 18 septembre 2017 du Pdt #IBK à la 72ème Assemblée Générale des ONU_fr à #NewYork. https://t.co/X9qYJoe6jY pic.twitter.com/ovogFr16Hu— Presidence Mali (PresidenceMali) September 18, 2017

Accueil à New York ce dimanche pour #UNGA72 par l'Ambassadeur du Burkina Faso aux #Usa Seydou Kaboré pic.twitter.com/Eyrp6Ja2qo— Roch M. C. KABORE (@rochkaborepf) September 18, 2017

A Gambian journalist has also tweeted that President Adama Barrow will be in attendance for what will be his first UNGA. He took over reigns of power from long-serving Yahya Jammeh earlier this year.

This will be his second international summit after the Arab-US Summit that was held in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, months back. He delegated his ‘vice preseident’ and Minister of Women Affairs, Fatoumatou Tambajang, to represent him at the last African Union summit in Addis Ababa.

#Gambia Prez BarrowPresident in New York to attend 72nd #UNGA, his maiden UN mtg as President. He will also meet Gambian community in USA pic.twitter.com/FbfK4IopXO— Alhagie Jobe (freejobe39) September 17, 2017

Amid a report that there was a pro and anti- Mugabe protests help concurrently as the 93-year-old leader arrived, the case was different for Gabon’s Ali Bongo, who an activist said was welcomed with cheers and balloons.

#Gabon: En visite de travail à New York, le PresidentABO a été chaleureusement accueilli par de nombreux gabonais. pic.twitter.com/JYL4aYPkRh— Alexandre G (LexFirst) September 17, 2017

Instituted since 1946, the U.N. General Assembly is the biggest annual gathering of world leaders as the body put it, ‘to tackle humanity’s greatest challenges. 193 countries will have their leaders or representatives giving addresses.

It is the first UNGA for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who took over last year from Ban Ki-Moon. Ki-moon stepped down after serving two five-year terms.

The Summit takes place between Tuesday September 19 till Monday September 25. The theme for this year’s session is: “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for all on a Sustainable Planet”.

Ethiopia PM woos stakeholders to help resolve Oromo-Somali conflict

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has called on major stakeholders to assist the government to achieve a durable peace among the feuding parties in the Oromia and Somali regional states.

Clashes between members of the respective states have resulted in deaths and massive displacement on both sides.

Desalegn reiterated that federal security officers had been deployed to secure areas in the troubled spots. He was speaking at a meeting with community elders, tribal and religious leaders at his office on Saturday, the state owned Ethiopia News Agency reported.

“Main roads that cross the regional states will be guarded by the federal police; security forces of both regional states will withdraw from the conflicting areas in order to resolve the problem quickly,” he said.

He also stressed the need to bring perpetrators of the clashes to book. The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission had also been deployed to investigate rights violations in the conflict. Leaders of the respective states were also part of the said meeting.

Desalegn expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives – according to sources 18 people had died as at Friday (September 15), he added that the Federal government was going to do all it takes to ensure that those displaced were also rehabilitated.

The leaders also pledged their commitment to help resolve the crisis. The official reason advanced for the crisis has been a border demarcation between the two regions which share over 1400km border.

Gok MPs arrested over alleged absenteeism

An MP in Gok State says five of his colleagues and a minister have been arrested for allegedly failing to attend a sitting on Friday. Hon. John Marik Makur says the MPs were in town...

Right body urges Kiir to allow ex-army chief bury daughter

September 15, 2017 (JUBA) – An official from the Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) has urged South Sudan President Salva Kiir not to prevent ex-army chief of staff, Paul Malong from burying his daughter in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.
CPJ's coordinator, Tito Anthony said it was a difficult moment for Malong, whose daughter, Alakiir Malong, died in an inferno at Moi secondary school in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, last week.
"Gen. Malong should be given rights as a father and this is the (...)

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