Somali rebels attack, kill four Deputy police chief for Lower Shabelle region Lieutenant Colonel Nuriye Ali Farah died after his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Merka, about 100 kilometres south of the capital Mogadishu, they said.
"His vehicle was targeted by this bomb that was exploded by a remote control," Idriss Abdulkadir, who witnessed the attack, said.Police officials in Merka confirmed the death.Somali government officials have been regularly targeted by Islamist insurgents who are waging a deadly guerrilla warfare since they were ousted from power early 2007.
He sounds uptight - anxious to see if a multi-million dollar ransom demand will be met.
He is on board the hijacked Ukrainian vessel, MV Faina - the ship laden with 33 Russian battle tanks that has highlighted the problem of piracy off the Somali coast since it was captured almost a month ago.
But who are these modern-day pirates? According to residents in the Somali region of Puntland where most of the pirates come from, they live a lavish life. more..http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7650415.stm
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