New commercial bank opens in Mogadishu
bank called the Universal Bank of Somalia has been set up
which is international has links with 62 other international
banks and markets in New York, London and Brussels.
was established in 2000 by Somali businessmen and foreigners
and has offices and branches in Arab countries, Europe and
Seven people reportedly died of cholera outbreak in southern
from Afgooye District of Shabeellaha Hoose Region [south-central
Somalia] say seven people, most of them children, yesterday
died following a cholera outbreak in the district.
further says over 15 others are reportedly in critical condition.
The assistant minister for health [in the interim government
of Somalia], Prof Usman Haji Mahmud Dufle, yesterday held
a meeting with some of the health agencies working in the
region at WHO HQ. Prof Dufle briefed the agencies on the reported
cholera outbreak in several districts.
Four reported killed in northeastern fighting
four people were killed and four others wounded when fighting
broke out in Garoowe, the regional capital of the self-declared
autonomous region of Puntland, northeastern Somalia, a local
journalist told IRIN on Monday [14 January].
which broke out on Friday, appears to have started after a
prominent businessman, Farah Muhammad Sa'id Gom'ad, was reportedly
killed by forces of Colonel Abdullahi Yusuf, the former leader
of Puntland, in what is believed to have been "a deliberate
attack" at 1700 hours [local time], the journalist said.
were four people in the car in which he was travelling. It
was reportedly stopped by Yusuf's militia "who then shot Gom'ad
dead". "He was a well-known man, and they could not have mistaken
him for anyone else. It must have been preplanned," the journalist
more people died when local militia, angered by the murder,
attacked positions held by Yusuf's militia in the town, at
1730. Two local militia and one from Yusuf's militia were
killed in that bout of fighting, according to the journalist.
erupted following the arrival in Garoowe, on Friday morning,
of Sultan Sa'id Garaase, an influential local elder, along
with 17 other clan elders and intellectuals. Sultan Garaase,
and his group had, upon arrival, issued a call to Abdullahi
Yusuf to leave Garoowe, local sources told IRIN.
was calm on Monday, even though tension remained high, the
sources said. Businesses, which shut their doors over the
weekend, had now reopened. Traditional elders from the Garoowe
area were meeting and were expected to issue a statement on
Tuesday. "Everyone is waiting for the outcome of the elders'
meeting," the sources added.
Eight people die in central region clan fighting
eight people were killed and five others injured in fighting
between Sa'ad and Dir clans in Afbarwaqo, Hobyo District,
was sparked off by a revenge attack carried out by one of
the clans, which have been waging a vendetta against each
other. Tension is high in the area although fighting has now
were from one of the clans.