MOGADISHU | (Reuters) - Somalia's government may recognise a former Islamist warlord it had opposed as interim leader of a strategic port city in a bid to defuse tensions, diplomats said, although a new clash between rival militias erupted there on Friday.
At least seven people have been killed in the latest fighting between rival Somali warlords battling for control of the southern port city of Kismayo, witnesses said Thursday.
In an unpredicted move Hassan Dahir Aweys one of Alshabab’s prominent leaders surrendered himself to Himin and Heb authorities last night.
The UK government is being urged to stop Barclays closing the last account in Somalia which allows its citizens overseas to send money back home. A group of aid practitioners said the service was a "lifeline" for an estimated 40% of the Somali population which rely on the transfers.
BRITAIN is spending £14million on a jail to lock up terrorists and pirates — in Somalia.
Taxpayers’ money will also go to fund mobile criminal courts in lawless states currently plagued by al-Qaeda.