Monday, August 31, 2009
August 31, 2009, 22:25
Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan received at his Bateen Palace, Shaikh Sharif Ahmad Shaikh Mahmoud, Somalia's President in the presence of Shaikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President's Representative and General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The President welcomed the Somali Head of State and the accompanying delegation, who are on a visit to the UAE as part of a tour of the region.On Monday evening, Shaikh Khalifa received renowned Muslim scholars from various Arab and Islamic countries who had arrived earlier in the UAE at the invitation of Shaikh Khalifa to participate in this year's religious activities during the holy month of Ramadan. For their part, the scholars prayed to the Almighty Allah to shower His blessings on the UAE and other Arab and Muslim nations. They also expressed gratitude for Shaikh Khalifa's hospitality and hailed the UAE's humanitarian efforts. Welcoming the guests, Shaikh Khalifa underscored the role of Muslim scholars in propagation of Islam (Da'wah) and promoting tolerance and moderation that are among the great attributes of Islamic faith, culture and mission. .more..http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Government/10345213.html
Somali Islamists opposing the the country's Transitional Federal Government have warned the French government against sending more security advisors to Somalia.
This is in reaction to the news that the European country is to continue assisting the TFG, especially in its drive to build a strong security apparatus.
On Saturday, Sheikh Mohamed Ibrahim Bilal, the leader of Camalka Islaamka (Islamic Action), an Islamist group sympathetic to the armed groups in Somalia, expressed its opposition to France dispatching security advisors to Somalia. He insisted that any French official coming to Somalia will be kidnapped.The threat comes only four days after a French official, Marc Aubrière, escaped from hostage takers in Mogadishu while another one who was also kidnapped by radical Islamists on July 14 remains in custody. The official, who regained his freedom in an undisclosed manner, sought refuge at the presidential palace before flying to Nairobi, Kenya on August 26 and eventually to Paris.French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner recently told the media in Paris and quoted in the Somali media that his country will continue assisting the TFG. The minister added that France wanted to send military officials to train the government force in order to perk up security.Kouchner reiterated that the fact that a French official remains hostage in Somalia would not deter his government from helping the TFG, as quoted by Xog-ogaal newspaper in Mogadishu on Sunday...more..http://www.nation.co.ke/News/africa/-/1066/648046/-/137gxc2z/-/
African leaders gathered in Libya on Monday for a summit to discuss the continent's trouble spots, particularly Somalia (pictured) and Sudan, on the eve of celebrations to mark 40 years of Muammar Gaddafi's rule.http://www.france24.com/en/20090831-libya-hosts-african-summit-eve-coup-anniversary-gaddafi
The Somali people of Somaliland. separatist republic in northwest Somalia – have been here before. The dictatorial tendencies of President Dahir Riyale, Somaliland’s leader since 2003, are undoubtedly practices he learned fromThe Father and Founder Red Terror ..SOMALILAND separatist leaders, who unilaterally declared independence following the Dark Day .history of Somalia .. collapse ,Founders have entertained the Somaliland people with fallacies of international recognition and democratic governance. And so the Somaliland public supported separatism, hopeful that international recognition will pour in financial assistance and help recover the troubled economy. They even supported a war of aggression against Somalis in Sool region – in 2007, when tribal enclave of sepretist troops violently took control of the key town of Las Anod in a military development that saw 50,000 civilians flee to safety.There is no question that Somaliland People have been held hostage by a leadership with deep ties to the collapsed Red Terror ..starting ,leadership Terrorist groups, SNM clan militia.a senior officer ,opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central governmen, which specialized in suppressing domestic dissent. The lie told to the Somaliland public, time and again, has been that Somaliland declared independence following the Red Terror .. unjust bombardment of Hargeisa and Burao. There is even a MiG-21 jet sitting as a war-time monument in Hargeisa, forever reminding locals of a war from 20 years ago, as corruption and the undemocratic practices of the Riyale regime are overlooked. Indeed, Somaliland’s president, who was elected in a close contest in 2003, has remained in power far longer – in part due to a constitutional complexity. But an easier argument could be made that Pseudo-State Somaliland natives have allowed Mr. Riyale and his henchmen to abuse public trust for years because they fear shattering the “Somaliland independence dream” that has been founded on and solely depends on the existence of a stable government in Hargeisa.That Mr. Riyale sent soldiers to seize parliament to prevent meaningful political discourse on Aug. 29 marks a turning point in Somaliland’s contemporary history. Here is a region that long considered itself to be a model state for African democracy; today, its leader is directly engaged in the abusive and corrupt practices of the average African dictator.
The people of sepretist Somaliland must re-envision their region in a changing Somalia. The cheap idea that tribal enclave of sepretist Somaliland , is “peaceful” while Somalia is “chaotic” has reached an eventual dead-end. The Somaliland people must make difficult choices in the coming days and weeks. Mr. Riyale’s very presence in office is an offense to democracy. Yet, without him, simmering clan hostilities that showed its ugly face in the mid-1990s in Burao could re-emerge, potentially threatening peace and stability in the region.Re-envisioning Somaliland will require brave Somalis willing to face reality. But can Hargeisa allow freedom of thought in today's state of fear-mongering?
In commentaries in two major US media outlets, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer charged that Obama's envoys took the wrong approach when they spoke recently of presenting Kenya and other African countries with a message of "tough love."..more.http://allafrica.com/stories/200908310009.html
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Here We Go Again..shabelle media .AMISOM and Ethiopian troops are against the Islamic religion propaganda ,The voice of Islamic extremists
Habar -gidir Hawiye Terrorist Muse Abdi Arale, the secretary of the Islamic administration of Hisbul Islam Talking To
Terrorists Habar Gidir own radio station shabelle broadcasting the jihadist propaganda Hisbul Islam says AMISOM and Ethiopian troops are against the Islamic religion
Al Jazeera interview with one of the MOST WANTED Terrorist Al-Shabab spokesman Mukhtar Robow Ali alias Abu Mansur
terrorists using western media.. BBC interviews the FBI most-wanted man in SOMALIA terrorist Hasan TurkiAl Jazeera interview with one of the MOST WANTED Terrorist Al-Shabab spokesman Mukhtar Robow Ali alias Abu Mansur
Somalia's text message insurgency ?????? ..bbc Complicity in Spreading Terror pr..glorifying terrorist.. competing with Al JazeeraTimeline: Ethiopia and Somalia,BBC News or BBC Propaganda?
Jihad Threat Alert.
Al-Shabaab terrorist group with close ties to al Qaeda
Somali Jihadist From Lancaster England , jihadist Call for Jihad against two East African countries of Kenya and Uganda.and jehadist call for assassination senior army officers from Somalia , Abdi Mahdi ,Fartag, Abdi Egal, Indharader,Warfa, and Others all of them from the transitional government of Somalia , Somali Ministry of Defense .Visiting Kenya for military corporations Meeting. jihadist gave interview .. Terror Apologist Website and have been been published Terror Apologist websites ...
Jihadist recruitment,and PR Web site shabaab located in Phoenix, Arizona.. http://www.allgedo.com/Galged/wareysi%20abdi%20diiriye%20news.htm
Somali militants recruit in Nairobi slum
French officials listened in amazement last week to Aubriere's account of his dash to freedom through one of the most perilous cities in the world. Following his debriefing in Paris, Aubriere, whose espionage colleague is still being held in captivity and faces execution, is expected to spend time with his family after medical checks.
In what seemed like a calculated affront to French national pride, the two secret agents, on a mission to train soldiers protecting Somalia's transitional government, were snatched from their hotel in Mogadishu on July 14 - Bastille Day - by gunmen impersonating police.
"They knocked on the door," said Aubriere, 40. "They had Kalashnikovs. That was that."
The Frenchmen were taken away in a truck but it broke down after a few hundred metres. It might have seemed farcical were it not for the swift arrival of fighters from Hizbul Islam, one of the most ruthless of the militia groups who kidnap and kill as part of the battle for control of Mogadishu.
They surrounded the truck and tense negotiations ensued. The Hizbul Islam fighters agreed to let the other gunmen go in exchange for the foreign prisoners.
When al-Shabaab, another al-Qa'ida-inspired militant group, got to hear about the valuable foreign hostages, it demanded a share of the booty. Al-Shabaab and Hizbul Islam have joined forces to overthrow the government. It was decided that al-Shabaab could have Aubriere's colleague, identified only as Denis A, as their prisoner. Aubriere found himself alone in a windowless cell in a place he referred to as "the stronghold". He insists his captors treated him well. "They were young guys but good guys," he said. ..more..http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26002851-32682,00.html
Details are emerging about how terrorists in Somalia have lured young American men -- including as many as 20 from Minnesota -- back to their homeland to join their jihad. At least three have died, including one who authorities think is the first American suicide bomber. Three others have pleaded guilty in the U.S. to terror-related charges.Court proceedings and interviews with community members, attorneys and terror experts indicate the Somali-based terror group al-Shabab, uses widespread recruitment tactics including a vast Web-based network."Al-Shabab 10 years ago would be a two-bit, paramilitary group that no one would've cared about … sitting in a basement somewhere stockpiling rocket-propelled grenades and bullets for AK-47s," said Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism specialist at Georgetown University. "Now, we see them reaching into the United States."Like many terror groups, al-Shabab uses Internet videos to draw disfranchised young men into its fold. Many feature typical militant scenes: men with covered faces firing automatic weapons, marching or practicing martial arts.But al-Shabab's propaganda sets it apart."I would say they were among the most explicit, the most violent, and the most enthusiastic videos of any jihadi organization out there," said Evan Kohlmann, a terror consultant.The group, which the U.S. government says has ties to al-Qaida, also uniquely targets Americans and English speakers, Kohlmann said...more..http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/insight/stories/2009/08/30/Missing_Somalis-Recruiting.ART_ART_08-30-09_G2_4VETEMI.html?sid=101
American Somali Muslims eager to join jihad
al-shabaab Terrorist vows more attacks against,Ethiopian troops advance on insurgents in Somalia,Back Into Somalia
“We will redouble our fighting against the enemy and it is a new fighting which will be different from our previous attacks,” said al-shabaab Terrorist Ali.
The statement of al-shabaab Terrorist spokesman comes as hundreds of Ethiopian troops backing Somali government soldiers drove out of Beledweyne town in central Somalia from al-shabaab Terrorist.
Ethiopian troops advance on insurgents in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia Ethiopian troops in heavily armored vehicles crossed into central Somalia on Saturday, witnesses said, taking control of Baladwayne town and advancing on Islamist insurgent positions in the area. The strategic town is a stronghold of the militant group al-Shabab, which the United States accuses of being al Qaeda's proxy in the country. Battles have been raging across central and southern Somalia in recent weeks as pro-government militias try to seize territory back from al-Shabab and another rebel group, Hizbul Islam. Residents said gunfire broke out in Baladwayne on Saturday as Ethiopian troops arrived alongside Somali government forces. "At about dawn, hundreds of Ethiopian troops entered the town from different directions, and we heard sporadic gunshots," resident Hassa Farah said by telephone. "After sunrise, we saw soldiers patrolling the main streets." ..more..http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/30/ethiopian-troops-advance-on-insurgents-in-somalia/
Back Into Somalia
September 7, 2009: Ethiopia and Eritrea are waging a proxy war in Somalia, but the town of Badme on the Ethiopia-Eritrea border continues to be the biggest point of conflict. The Ethiopia-Eritrea Border Commission (EEBC) gave the town to Eritrea. The Algiers Peace Agreement that both countries signed stated that the EEBC's decision would be final. Ethiopia, however, refused to accept it. Those facts are in Eritrea's favor. Eritrea's subsequent trouble-making, however, cannot be excused by Ethiopia's reneging on the deal. Eritrea has become “the hometown” of rebel, exile, and terrorist groups from around the world. Eritrea arms Somali Islamist militias and has fought a border war with Djibouti.
August 29, 2009: Ethiopian armored units reportedly took control of the Somali town of Baladwayne (central Somalia). The al Shabaab Islamist militia occupies positions near Baladwayne. Another Islamist militia, the Hizbul Islam, also has fighters in the area. Interestingly enough, the sources for the reports are residents of Baladwayne who phoned in information to news agencies. That indicates that cell phone communications are up and running even in central Somalia. The Ethiopian government, however, denied that it has troops in Somalia...more..http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/ethiopi/articles/20090907.aspx
Saturday, August 29, 2009
We are good; they are bad. We love freedom; they hate it. We are generous; they are devious, Harper speaking to Canada's dark side?
Canada PM is alone among Western leaders in holding to the post-9/11 view that separates the world between good and evil. But his black-and-white moral universe isn't alien to Canada. In fact, it speaks to something dark in the national soul
Indeed, anyone listening to the outrage of the Liberals as they attack Harper's human rights record might forget that it was their government that first concluded that Abdelrazik should be left moldering in Sudan and Khadr in Guantanamo.The then Liberal government even downplayed Khadr's age when he was imprisoned without trial seven years ago, lest the public be reminded that, as a child soldier, he was eligible for special consideration by his U.S. captors.It was also on the Liberal watch that an overly zealous RCMP anti-terror unit contributed to the jailing and torture in Syria of Canadian Maher Arar. As a judical inquiry eventually found, Canadian officials working for that same Liberal government were complicit in the torture abroad of three other Canadians: Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El-Maati and Muayyed Nureddin.But with the public increasingly skeptical about the war on terror, the notoriously slippery Liberals are moving with the times. So too Obama, who plans to appease the new mood by excoriating low-level U.S. interrogators for behaving inappropriately while he quietly continues the odious practice – first begun by Bill Clinton – of shipping terror suspects abroad to be tortured...more..http://www.thestar.com/article/687556
Aljazeera reports today that ”Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.”
The Prince, the deputy interior minister and the man who heads the kingdom's crackdown on the group, survived the attack last Friday. Al-Qaeda enjoys safe-havens in Yemen. Will we see focus shift to Yemen and Somalia soon?
Stability and security in Afghanistan is vital to America’s national interests, the war “of necessity” says the Commander-in-Chief. But the combined instability of Yemen and its neighbor across the Gulf of Aden, Somalia, seems a more complex, effective and formidable base of operations for Al-Qaeda. The region’s geographic position is daunting: a threat to the oil we require and the vital shipping lanes for the commodity.
Will the Saudi government lure us away from the campaign in Afghanistan?
How long before our base in Djibouti comes under attack?
Who is helping the government of Yemen fight their counterinsurgency?
News has been sparse from Yemen and Somalia recently. But this incident, this attack on the Saudi Royal Family will reverberate here soon.http://voices.kansascity.com/node/5651
BBC NEWS Africa Ethiopia seizes town in Somalia
Friday, August 28, 2009
It accuses Pakistan of being agents of the "Crusaders" and chastises Pakistanis for not backing the Taliban. Zawhiri makes the claim that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan isn't really Islamic.
The crux of the video seems to be to exhort Pakistanis to support al Qaeda and the Taliban.
The video may be evidence that recent U.S. strikes against high value targets in Pakistan have been working. These strikes have mostly targeted the Pakistani Taliban who are closely aligned with and supported by al Qaeda...more..http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/198628.php
The sheikh said one woman found her 12-year-old son training to be a suicide bomber. He told the newspaper she would have been killed if she had tried to remove him. "These young men have no ID papers, no future," he said. "The only future they see is blowing themselves up and going to heaven." In the latest turn in Somalia's civil war, Islamist groups are fighting a weak interim government that has international support. The major recruiter in Nairobi is Al Shabab, a group believed to be affiliated with al-Qaida. "Al Shabab has been able at different moments to bring a number of people in Eastleigh to fight in Somalia," said Roland Marchal, a senior research fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris. "It's very likely that a number of economic operators in Eastleigh try to collect money and support this organization."
Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a Forces Capture a Murderer in Central Somalia,also Night curfew imposed in the east of Baladweyn town
Reports say that man had killed his brother-in-law after the murderer's sister; the wife of the dead man told him accusations against her husband which caused to attack his brother-in-law and kill him with a knife...more..http://allafrica.com/stories/200908280651.html
Night curfew imposed in the east of Baladweyn town
The Somali government officials at Baladweyn town the capital of Hiran region in central Somalia had overnight imposed night time curfew in the east of Baladweyn, when of course the movement of the people is high during the month of Ramadan.
Reports from the ground says that the residents of Baladweyn town were contented with the night hours curfew, for they said that the month of Ramadan is a month of forgiveness, and wished to be adhered to the mosque, and seriously worship their God.
On the other hand reliable sources say that there are new arrivals of Ethiopian troops who have came to strengthen, their fellow Ethiopian troops who are stationed at Kalabeyrka intersection, and the main objective of these Ethiopian troops at Kalabeyrka intersection is not manifest.
“It is the month of Ramadan it is a month in which the Holy Quran was reveled, it is a month of worship, so therefore we the civilians we don’t want to server in the hands of the armed parts, please stop fighting upon us” said Halima Noor a mother of 5 orphans speaking to Somaliweyn radio on Friday morning.
Baladweyn is town is rather like the capital Mogadishu, because some parts of it is under the control of the Islamists who are against the government while some sections of it is controlled by the government itself.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
But here in Eastleigh, the war takes a different form. Little Mogadishu has become a port through which Somali insurgents raise money and recruit fighters, especially for the militant group, Al Shabab, which has been labeled an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist organization by the US government. "What we know is that Al Shabab is very popular in Eastleigh," says Roland Marchal, senior research fellow at the Paris-based National Center for Scientific Research. "Al Shabab has been able at different moments to bring a number of people in Eastleigh to fight in Somalia. It's very likely that a number of economic operators in Eastleigh try to collect money and support this organization."
Why young Somali-Kenyans join militants
Outside a small green-gated home in Eastleigh, the elderly sheikh – who declined to be named due to the grave threat to anyone talking about Somali militant operations – says agents of Somali insurgents have recruited from across the country dozens of Somali-Kenyans, most in their early 20s, who are missing and presumed dead in Somalia. Though their parents were moderate, a lack of employment or alternatives led them to become students of madrassas (religious schools), where they adopted more extreme ideologies, he says. (Read our in-depth story: How one youth was drawn to jihad in Somalia.)
Estimates of the number of recruited Kenyans range from dozens to thousands, most – but not all – Somali-Kenyans. The insurgency benefits from an effective recruitment network that works out of Eastleigh. Diplomats say recruiters use a combination of money and brainwashing to pull in the youths, many of them from refugee camps and areas along the Somali border. ..more..http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0826/p06s02-woaf.html
Escaped French hostage arrives in France,Kidnapped agent tells of midnight freedom dash in Somalia,Somalia hostage tells of escape
The security advisor, one of two French agents kidnapped in Mogadishu on July 14, arrived in Paris at around 1:30 pm (1130 GMT) on board a special flight from Djibouti, where France has a major military base, he said.The former hostage presented himself to African Union peacekeepers at Somalia's presidential palace on Wednesday, explaining that he had slipped past sleeping guards from the Hezb al-Islam militia to make his escape.French officials have not formally identified the former hostage beyond describing him as a government employee who was part of a two-man advance team in Mogadishu to help set up a Somali presidential security detail.He has identified himself in interviews with several media outlets since his apparent escape as 40-year-old Marc Aubriere, although it is thought possible that he gave a fake name.Official sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that "Aubriere" is an agent with the French overseas intelligence agency, the General Directorate of External Security or DGSE.Having returned to France he will now be "debriefed" by the agency's specialists about the circumstances of his kidnap.The second agent is still missing and understood to be in the hands of a second Islamist group, the Shebab, which on Wednesday said that an Islamic Sharia court would decide his eventual fate.An Islamist official in Somalia claimed that a ransom was paid for the freed hostage, but both the French government and the agent himself have denied that and insist he escaped through his own means.
French hostage escapes from habar-gidir hawiye Terrorist kidnappers
Kidnapped agent tells of midnight freedom dash in Somalia
Somalia hostage tells of escape
He said Pakistani troops were committed to end the fighting and chase the Islamist militants out of Pakistan. Al Shabaab militant group, which is fighting against the fragile Somali government led by Islamist president Sharif Sheik Ahmed, gets more fighters from Pakistani militants.
Mr. Rehman Malik said al Qaeda supporters who became frightened were now heading to Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Al Shabaab admitted that foreign fighters were fighting alongside their militias. The al Qaeda proxy group in Somalia is fighting for topple Sharif’s government and impose their version of Islamic Sharia in the country.
Related stores in the past
The Jawa Report: Al Qaeda Moving from Pakistan to Somalia and Yemen
Somalia and al-Qaeda: Implications for the War on Terrorism
Sarkozy warns African Al-Qaeda ,We will mobilise to support Africa faced with the growing threat from Al-Qaeda
Mali moves on Al-Qaeda base
Somalis ‘trained by Al-Qaeda’
Al-Qaeda claims Algiers bombs
"We will mobilise to support Africa faced with the growing threat from Al-Qaeda, whether in the Sahel or in Somalia," Sarkozy said in a foreign policy speech to French ambassadors in Paris.
"What happened these past months in Mali, in Niger and Mauritania is a very clear signal," he said, referring to a string of incidents targeting Western interests in north and west Africa.
"France will not let Al-Qaeda set up a sanctuary on our doorstep in Africa. That message, too, must be clearly heard."
The Islamist network’s north African wing, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has recently extended its operations from Algeria into neighbouring states.
The Al-Qaeda branch grew out of Algeria’s radical Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat and has repeatedly threatened French targets.
The group claimed responsibility for an August 8 suicide bombing near the French embassy in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, in which two French gendarmes were lightly wounded.
It also claimed the kidnapping of six Westerners in Niger and Mali late last year.
The Navy says pirates Wednesday morning fired a large caliber weapon at the helicopter which is based on the USS Chancellorsville. At the time the helicopter was flying over a Taiwanese-flagged vessel called the Win Far, south of the Somali port town of Hobyo.
The Navy said in a statement Thursday that no rounds of ammunition struck the helicopter and no injuries resulted from the incident.
Pirates captured Win Far and its 30-member crew in April.
Somali pirates fire at U.S. helicopter, Navy says
Raw Video: Pirates Fire at U.S. Navy Helicopter
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
ANOTHER French James Bond:Marc Aubriere Agent 'escapes' terrorists in Somalia - by walking to safety using stars for navigation
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1209245/ANOTHER-French-James-Bond-Agent-escapes-insurgents-Somalia--walking-safety-using-stars-navigation.html#ixzz377O0lqTT
Conflicting reports over Frenchman's escape From Habar-gidir Hawiye Jehadist ,Exclusive Pictures His Departure,
some background information
We Told You So
The Evil Hawiye habar-gidir hawiye Behind the Kidnapping.
Details on habar-gidir hawiye Terrorist kidnapped Two French men...French kidnapped for cash not politics: Somali minister
Sharia trial for habab-gidir hawiye shabaab hold hostages
Reports from the town say tension is high and the two groups are on the verge to fight between in the town. Sheik Hassan Yacqub Ali, the spoikesman of the administration denied Wednesday that there was a dispute about the leadership of the town between the Islamist groups.al Shabaab designated Somali alQaeda,The governor of the region Abubakar Al-saylici aka Sheekh Abuu-Bakar Al-Zeylici Top terrorist commander ,they call him boss boss.is From Somaliland so does the Terrorist Al-Shabab Abdi Godane also named Sheik Mokhtar Abu-Zubeyr aka Mukhtaar C/raxmaan The Overall shabaab Leaders, they are from Isaq clan, one of the dominant clan in northern . Somalia: Somaliland
tribal enclave of sepretist Somaliland ,
Frenchman escapes al-Shabaab captors,French agent escapes Islamist militants in Somalia after 'killing kidnappers'
French agent escapes Islamist militants in Somalia after 'killing kidnappers'
The Islamist group Hezb al-Islam, which was holding the man, claimed he was freed after a ransom was paid. He and another French agent, who are thought to have been in Somalia to train government forces in their fight against Islamist militias, were snatched from a hotel in the capital on 14 July. One was handed over to Hezb al-Islam, the other to fighters from the al-Shabaab group, which the US describes as al-Qaida's proxy in the Horn of Africa state.
Farhan Asanyo, a Somali military officer, said the man approached government soldiers early today telling them who he was and that he had escaped. "The man told them that he was one of the French officials held by militants," Asanyo said. "He said he escaped after killing three of his captors, and we sent him to the presidential palace." Although the Somali authorities had initially said both men had been freed, the statement was swiftly retracted, with the government later saying it was "continuing its efforts to secure the release of the second hostage".,,more..http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/26/somalia-france-agent-kidnap-free