US soldiers accused of poaching Somali animals


From Garowe Online in Somalia:

Somalia: Coastal Villagers Report of Helicopters Hunting Wildlife

11 November 2008
Posted to the web 11 November 2008

Coastal villagers in Somalia are increasingly reporting incidents whereby naval forces from unknown foreign countries are actively hunting wildlife in the war-torn Horn of Africa country.

A traditional elder from a village in Mudug region, central Somalia, told the BBC Somali Service recently that local leaders are collecting evidence and eyewitness reports regarding the hunting allegations.

“Three helicopters landed three separate days,” said elder Mohamed Hussein Warsame, quoting witnesses and community leaders.

Soldiers jumped out of the helicopters and loaded live animals, including deer and ostriches, he added. The helicopters then returned to a warship off the coast.

Mr. Warsame said the foreign soldiers used a technique to subdue the animals, some of which are extremely fast and agile.

He indicated that the identity of the warships remained unknown, but that locals have reported seeing the American flag hovering above one of the warships in the distance.

Foreign warships from a number of countries, mainly in the West, are patrolling Somalia’s waters in an international anti-piracy campaign.

Since 1991, when the country’s last government imploded, Somalia‘s long and unprotected coastline became subject to illegal practices including overfishing and toxic waste dumping.

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  1. Somalia: Ethiopian Soldiers Kill 3 Civilians

    Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

    11 November 2008
    Posted to the web 11 November 2008

    Mogadishu

    Ethiopian armed forces in Mogadishu have indiscriminately opened gunfire on unarmed civilians killing three people on Tuesday witnesses told Shabelle.

    Eyewitnesses confirmed to Shabelle that they saw the dead bodies killed by the soldiers in Hamar Bile area of Wardhigley district in Mogadishu.

    It’s yet unknown the motives behind the killing of the civilians by the Ethiopian troops.

    Ethiopian troops intervened to prop up the feeble Somali government at the end of 2006 and eventually drove the Islamists from much of the country’s southern and central regions, where they had established Sharia law.

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