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US will not fight piracy in Somalia, Defense Secretary Mattis says

Senior U.S. officials informed the public during news conference in the East African nation of Djibouti Sunday that piracy was on the rise off the coast of Somalia, but added that the U.S. was not yet considering to undertake special measures.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' visit to the U.S. military base in Djibouti was the first time that a high-ranking U.S. official of the Trump administration had visited Africa, according to Washington Post.

Mattis said that there had been an uptick in piracy during the past months, but that he believed this increase did not yet require any significant U.S. involvement, adding that civilian mariners and shipping companies should be on alert.

Mattis came to Djibouti on the grounds of strengthening binational relations with Eastern African countries and increasing the cooperation in the field of security operations.

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Somalia: bomb blast killed at least 10 soldiers, more than eight others wounded

MOGADISHU, Somalia: At least ten soldiers were killed and more than eight others were wounded after a road blast targeted a military vehicle in northern Somalia on Sunday, officials said.

Senior military official Osman Ali Adan told Anadolu agency over the phone that a military vehicle carrying soldiers were hit by a massive blast on the outskirts of Galgala hills on Sunday.

Galgala is located some 40 kilometers from Bosaso, the capital of the Bari region in Puntland state.

"We have confirmed that 10 soldiers were killed and 8 others were wounded after our military vehicle hit a landmine. Three wounded soldiers are in critical condition and have been rushed to Bosaso hospitals for treatment," Adan said.

Terror group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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U.S. watching piracy increase off Somalia, sees ties to famine

By Idrees Ali - The United States is closely watching a recent increase in piracy off the coast of Somalia, a senior U.S. military official said on Sunday as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited an important military base in Djibouti.
The rise in piracy attacks has at least partially been driven by famine and drought in the region, the top U.S. military commander overseeing troops in Africa said during Mattis' visit as part of a week-long trip to the Middle East and Africa.
The United States uses the base in Djibouti, a tiny country the size of Wales at the southern entrance to the Red Sea, as a launch pad for operations in Yemen and Somalia.
The sudden string of attacks by Somali pirates comes after years without a reported incident. Attacks peaked with 237 in 2011 but then declined steeply after ship owners improved security measures and international naval forces stepped up patrols.
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The UAE Promises $45 Million for the Somali People

United Arab Emirates ambassador to Somalia H.E. Mohamed Al-Othman, has paid courtesy call to the Ministry of Information and met with the Minister for Information H.E. Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow) in his office, the two officials talked about various issues.

Minister Eng. Yarisow has first and foremost thanked the ambassador for his courtesy call in the Ministry, and was taken round in the department of Somali National Television and the archives of Radio Mogadishu.

Likewise, the Minister has once again thanked the humanitarian efforts made by the UAE based on the drought rescue on which the UAE Red Crescent has been lately executing in Somalia, by donating food stuff to the drought affected people.

"My special thanks goes to the government and the people of the UAE for their donation promise which was made six hours live via the UAE TVs on Friday the 21st of April, and in this six hours 167 dirham was collected and if converted into US $ will be $45 million. This shows that the UAE is unflagging brother that feels the pain of the Somali people. Somali National Television has succeeded in airing live the contribution in the UAE to the Somali people." Said Eng. Yarisow.

In addition to that the Minister and the ambassador have discussed about the modernisation the national media, in particular upgrading the capacity of the Somali journalists, such as their skills and their experiences.

Dalsan Radio

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Roadside bomb in Somalia kills 8 soldiers wounds 3

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A Somali police official says a roadside bomb in a remote town in Somalia’s semiautonomous state of Puntland has killed eight soldiers and injured three others.

Ahmed Mohamed tells The Associated Press that Sunday’s blast targeted a military convoy in Galgala. Security forces have been battling Islamic State-linked fighters in the region.

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