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NEWS: Somali Prime Minister Survives Assassination Attack On Convoy

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posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 04:45 PM
The driver of somalian Prime Minister Mr Ali Mohamed Gedi is credited for saving his life when the driver kept going after his tyres were punctured in an attack on the official convoy. Five people were killed and 12 injured in the attack which occured during a visit to south Mogadishu. It is understood that a remote control charge exploded as the convoy passed over it.
"A remote-controlled bomb exploded as the convoy was passing... the explosion was preceded by a grenade attack aimed at stopping the convoy," the source said.

"The two rear tyres of the prime minister's car were punctured by grenade fragments. But the driver didn't stop, which without a doubt saved the prime minister," the source said.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital.

Mr Gedi, who later addressed a meeting at the interior ministry, declined to comment on the explosion and instead discussed a controversial troop recruitment drive.

Mr Gedi and President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed face huge opposition from Somali warlords over their plan to base the central administration in Jowhar, 90 kilometres north of the capital.

Ministers who oppose Mr Gedi's presence in Jowhar did not attend the gathering.

The Horn of African nation has been deeply divided on the issue since the transitional government relocated from neighbouring Kenya in June.

Powerful warlords insist that the transitional leader is barred by the federal charter, a sort of constitution, from transferring the capital away from bullet-scarred Mogadishu.

Somalia, home to nearly 10 million people, has been without a functioning central administration since the 1991 ouster of dictator Mohamed Said Barre rendered the country unstable and overrun by warlords.

Pirates have also hijacked ships in Somali waters, including vessels carrying aid supplies to the country.

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Lucky man considering the spate of political assassinations and mysteries over the last 12 months.

[edit on 6-11-2005 by Mayet]

posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 06:05 PM
seems like some sort of coup, considering the cruise liner near Somalia just got attacked by pirates with rocket launchers

posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 07:04 PM
Is he the same one that used to be a US Marine?

posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:07 PM
Why would anyone care about taking out the President of Somalia? From what I understand the government has no real power. They're just a government on paper. I think I have about as much control over Somalia as they do.

What is a shame is the hunger and famine that those in power, such as the warlords, allow to go on. Hijacking food shipments and interfering with international aid is just despicable.

posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 10:24 PM
Has the world bank been in Somalia lately?

Isn't this their style....stage political unrest, stage a coup and silently run the nation?

Well hey we just got rid of those pesky tourists, after that missile in the bow, I doubt they will be back

posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 10:36 PM
well it certainly fits. World bank began talks in 2000 in a peaceful country, they go in theres political unrest and coups just as soon as those pesky tourists are out of the country.
tory Filed: Friday, June 30, 2000 3:00 PM EDT
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The International Monetary Fund and World Bank have held talks with representatives of Somalia for the first time in 10 years, encouraged by signs of stability in the East African nation, an official said Friday.
``It seems the security situation in some areas is improving, and there is generally more economic activity,'' Milan Zavadjil, division chief of the IMF's Middle Eastern department told The Associated Press in Nairobi, where the talks took place.
If we continue on the path of accepting further foreign loans and accept the $ 5 billion offered by the Donors we will become further indebted. The Donors want us to step up economic reforms which will only enable foreigners to exploit us more. Then we are going on the path that Somalia took. Once Somalia was a country that had agriculture, dairy farming and industry. The decrepit leaders at first got loans from Russia and then enticed by the USA’s loans they changed sides. This increased the debt but because money flowed in easily they gave up agriculture and industry and imported all requirements. When Russia was lost, the USA loans and Aid dried up. The Somalians were then helpless- the country disintegrated into bits. The rich migrated to the Developed Countries as asylum seekers while the poor keep fighting- half dead in malnutrition and poverty. Let Sri Lanka be spared this ordeal.

[edit on 6-11-2005 by Mayet]

posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 11:05 PM
Gee, how do I see these things coming?

Long story short: I think that problems with Somalia will increase, the line about Al Qaida retreating to Africa will definately come up, and eventually we're going in. In 5-10 years we're going to be getting into East Africa in a big way and getting pretty cozy with India, with the goal of securing mineral deposits there.

I sense Somalia Part II coming on. The alliance that will be built between Uganda, Southern Sudan, Kenya, and Ethiopia when Southern Sudan declares independence will need a good port- Mogadishu is it.

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