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Somali Authorities Holding 'Some 50 Foreign Nationals'

ISSUE 261
Front Page
Index
Headlines

Rising Tension In The Eastern Border Between Somaliland And Puntland

Letter To Somaliland’s President About His Unequal Battle With Newspaper

Mortars Hit Somalia's Presidential Palace

U.S. Optimistic on Direction Somalia Is Taking, Official Says

Somali Authorities Holding 'Some 50 Foreign Nationals'

Abdillahi Yusuf May Ask Somaliland To Give Up Disputed Regions In Return For Independence

Eritrean President Says AU Mission in Somalia Doomed to Failure

Ethiopia 'Set For Somali Pullout'

In Somaliland, Jailed Journalists Prosecuted Under Archaic Criminal Law

Regional Affairs

Somaliland Warns Of Regional War

Targeting Oromo Citizens In Somalia Is An Act Of Ethnic Cleansing

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Washington Admits Role In Illegal War: US Troops Took Part In Invasion Of Somalia

U.S. Disappointed By Somali Parliament's Move To Oust Speaker

The Post's Stewart Bell in Somalia

At the UN, Silence on Somalia and ICTY Pardon Request, Confidence on Kosovo

Who Is Osama Bin Laden?

Death and despair the 'benefits' of war on terror

Doctors Without Borders says Somalia Lacking Any Health Infrastructure

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Bush War In Africa

Somalis Pin Peace Hopes On Yemen

''Somalia's Political Future Appears To Be Its Pre-Courts Past''

Illegal Acts In Africa

Somalia: Theatre Of Proxy Wars

THE OIL FACTOR IN SOMALIA

Food for thought

Opinions

The Predicament of Oromos in Somalia

Australian Scientist On A Short Visit To Amoud University

The Gadabuursi Manifesto

Seeds Of Dictatorship?

The True Inside Story About Southern Somalia

The Last Will And Testament Of The Last Somali Man Standing

We Are All In This Disgrace!

Free The Haatuf Journalists Now: This Is The Time All Of Us Need To Speak In One Voice!

Comments By Jamal Gabobe


Nairobi, January 17, 2007 – Somali officials are holding up to 50 foreign nationals, the Danish Foreign Ministry said today.

Somalia ’s foreign minister, Ismael Mohamoud Hurreh, told Denmark’s ambassador to Kenya that “about 50 foreigners are detained, including several Scandinavians, and at least one of them is a Dane,” said Lars Thuesen, head of the Danish ministry’s consular department.

Danish Ambassador Bo Jensen briefly met Hurreh yesterday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to ask for details about reports that Danes were being held in Somalia.

“We have heard different stories about Danes being held and asked (Hurreh) directly for more information,” Thuesen said, but he gave no other details of the Nairobi meeting.

Thuesen said he had no information about why the foreigners were being held, but confirmed that Somalis living in Denmark had contacted the Foreign Ministry because they had not heard from relatives who had traveled to Somalia.

Danish media have speculated that Danes of Somali origin had traveled to Somalia to fight with Islamic militants.

Somali government forces backed by Ethiopian troops ousted Somalia’s Islamic movement from the capital, Mogadishu, and much of southern Somalia in December.

Government spokesman Abdirahman Dinari said that government troops captured fighters from Chechnya, Eritrea, Sweden and Britain who were loyal to the Islamists on Friday.

On January 4, Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister Raphael Tuju said many of the Somalis who had sought asylum in Kenya were family members of Islamic militiamen and some even had British, Canadian, Eritrean, Danish and other passports.

He said Kenya would “not allow combatants and their families to use this country as a base.”

Source: Evening Echo,   Ireland  

 


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