Tension at Kenyan border following murder of British tourist by Somalians

The murder of a British tourist has put borders between Kenya and Somalia in hot conflict.

Somalian terrorism and piracy have always been concerns for almost all neighboring nations and their allies.

Somalian pirates kidnap many Kenyans and failure of paying ransom by their relatives many times lead to murder of the victims.  The horrifying deaths of dozens of Kenyans in Nairobi pipeline fire has already made people afraid.

According to Kenyanpolice commissioner, British tourist Mathew Iteere, had come here for a weekend tour with wife but he was killed and his wife was abducted by the Somalians.

Kenyans already suspected abducting the British tourist’s wife and his murder was not a simple incident rather would bring diplomatic crisis too.

The incident occured at Kiunga situated in Lamu County near Somalian border in the coastal belt.

The motive of the suspects made this minor incident a biggier diplomatic issue as it occurred on the eve of anniversary of 9/11 attacks. Therefore, it has been taken as a terrorist attack symbolizing the fact that the attackers can ditch any security despite the efforts of Kenyan authorities.

US court to interrogate Ex-Somali PM Samantar

A US court has justified questioning former Somali premier over charges of abuses and war crimes.

A judge in the US state of Virginia has decreed that an ex-Somali prime minister can be interviewed under oath over allegements of abuses and war crimes. Mahamed Ali Samantar, who was Somalia’s DoD government minister and prime minister in the 1980s, has denied wrongful conduct.

He is impeached of controlling his forceds to confine, torment, and kill fellow members of Somalia’s Isaaq clan. The judicature opinion means that the Somalis who appealed and filed the case will for the first time be able to interview him.

Mr Samantar’s legal representative appealed to the court on Friday to dismiss the cases against him. US District Judge Leonie Brinkema stated that he had not asked to dissolve the issue.

The original case was filed in 2004 by some Somalis who lived in the United States. The lawsuit was filed under 1991’s Torture Victim Protection Act.

A federal court decreed that Mr Samantar should be given diplomatic immunity, however, the US Supreme Court restored the case.

The US Department of State ordered that Mr Samantar should not be given immunity against the case.

Somalia did not have a proper functional government as warlords forced President Siad Barre in 1991.

Somali pirates seize South Korean ship

Pirates of Somaliland waters have captured a South Korean freighter with 21 members of crew in the Arabian Sea, revealed the Seoul Government.

The ship carried 8 South Koreans, 2 Indonesians and 11 people from Myanmar. Weighting approximately 11,500-ton the ship was hijacked by sea robbers on Saturday. The chemical carrier named as Samho Jewelry started its journey from the United Arab Emirates to reach Sri Lanka.

South Korean foreign ministry stated that their officials were trying to negotiate with the pirates.

A Danish cargo ship, the MV Leopard, was also was attacked by the Somali hijackers recently in the Arabian Sea. They abandoned the ship later but all the passengers on board and crew members were missing. Among the missing people4 were from Philippines and two were Danish crew members.

Somali pirates had hijacked another South Korean ship also in November namely–the Samho Dream. It was a supertanker, and carried 24 crew members out of which — five were South Koreans and 19 from Philippines. However, all of them were set free after seven months.

Officials were trying to all people on board on Samho Ship but got no answer on Saturday.

Somalia has been notorious for its crime and pirates have dominated over the Somalia water and its territories. There is no functional government in the country since 1991.