WORLD SERVICE AT 1705 GMT. THIS IS CHRIS BICHERTON WITH FOCUS ON
There has been a dramatic
shootout in the middle of Mogadishu, the Somali Capital. It came just
after the arrival of nearly 100 MPs who were elected at the Djibouti
Peace Conference at the end of August. They were due to set up the
country's first parliament and government in Somalia for 10 years but
are opposed by the former warlords and faction leaders. But the
militiamen guarding the new MPs suddenly came under fire. I asked our
Mogadishu correspondent, Hassan Barrise, what happened?
Hasasan Barrise: Well, it was about
1.30 PM local time today when the first parliamentarians have
arrived in Mogadishu, and there was quite a number of people, more than
500 people chanting and jubilating for their reception as well as 20
battlewagons and several hundred militiamen have been escorting them.
And it was immediately as they entered into Lafweyn Palace when the
shooting has started.
CHRIS BICHERTON: Who was doing the
Barrise: The shooting has been
carried out by free-lance gunmen who have manning by checkpoints not
very far away from the hotel. They have been in a building called Al-Haramayn
which is about 300 meters away from the hotel were the Parliamentarians
were welcomed. They don't belong, to our understanding, to any faction
leader or to any other political group.
CHRIS BICHERTON: What happened? Who
got hurt? Who got killed?
Barrise: The shooting first started
in a way deemed something like accident and then the shooting has
escalated with most of the heavy weaponry being used by the escorts of
the parliamentarians. Me, myself was among the people who were trapped
inside the building. As the shooting subsided, I dropped out of the
building to see what was happening, and I came across a teas-shop were
several chairs were destroyed and blood was on the floor and, according
to the eyewitnesses, one man was killed and more than nine others,
including, one of them very seriously wounded. It was, my understanding,
ordinary civilians who were caught in the crossfire.
CHRIS BICHERTON: So the MPs
were not hurt.
Barrise: No, none of the MPs was
hit. And at the time the shooting has begun, all of the 98
parliamentarians have been inside the hotel. They were still at the
reception to sort out their luggage and their rooms when the shooting
CHRIS BICHERTON: Is there any idea
what was the motive behind this attack?
Barrise: Well, according to the
militiamen who've been outside, the gunmen who fired at the escorts of
the MP's have been there in the morning and the people from the area
said they were there since the morning and saying they will cause some
trouble to the MPs, because they were not employed as part of the
militiamen working on the security of the MPs around the area.
CHRIS BICHERTON: So this is not any
part of the warlords and faction leaders' disagreement with this
Barrise: Well, the disagreement with
the warlords is still there, but this is just an incident which can be
characterized as an isolated one, very much involving money and, you
know, militiamen looking for job, etc.
CHRIS BICHERTON: Our Mogadishu
correspondent, Hassan Barrise
MONITORING INTERNATIONAL REPORTS: SOMALIA: GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL BLAMES
FREELANCE GUNMEN FOR MPS ATTACK
Service - United Kingdom ; 11-Oct-2000 12:00:00 am ; 125 words
report by Somali Banaadir radio on 11th October
one person was killed and several others wounded today when a group of
militiamen and gunmen escorting a convoy of MPs returning from Djibouti
exchanged fire near Lafweyn Hotel [in Mogadishu]. The gun battle
paralysed traffic movement and business activity in the area.
Uthman Shaykh Ali alias Badma'eyeh, the head of security for MPs and
other government officials, told reporters the attack on the convoy was
not politically motivated, adding that freelance militiamen who had
earlier demanded to be recruited into the government security force were
responsible for the incident. Although the gun battle, in which light
and heavy weapons were used, lasted for one hour, it is not yet clear
whether the situation has been resolved.
Radio Banaadir, Mogadishu, in Somali 1700 gmt 11 Oct 00
lagu qaaday xubno ka tirsan barlamaanka KMG ah ee dalka
Arbaca 11 Okt - Shan
qof ayaa ku dhintay xarunta Soomaaliya ee Mogadishu markii la
weeraray hoteel la dejiyey xubno barlamaanka ka tirsan oo maanta
soo gaadhay Mogadishu. Warbixin
gaar ah oo uu ka soo diray Yoonis Cali Nuur, Qabanqaabiyaha sare
ee laanta af soomaaliga ee BBC oo jooga Mogadishu.
saacadda Afrika bari aheyd 01.30 duhurnimo ayaa jidka weyn ee
loo yaqaan jidka warshadaha, waana halkay ahaan jirtay
warshaddii sigaarka, ayaan kaga biiray waftigii
ka yimi Jabuuti oo ka soo degay garoonka Ballidooge saacado ka
labatan baabuur oo inta badan siday ciidammo boqolaal gaaraya oo
sugay nabadgelyada waftigii mudanayaasha Jabuuti ka yimi.
Dadkaan oo tirada guud ahaan gaarayso 113 qof, 98 ka mid ahi
waxay ahaayeen xubnaha barlamaanka.
waxaa loo sii gudbiyey hoteelka Lafaweyne oo ku yaal xaafadda
Fagax oo ka tirsan Kaaran.
intaa ku daray Yoonis oo uu ka sheekeeyey sida xaal ahaa markii
uu gaaray albaabka weyn ee hoteelka oo ay dad dhowr boqol ahi
hor tuubnaayeen ,markii aanu isniri ka dega Taxi-gii na wadey
ayaa mar qura tacshiiradda laga soo riday dhisme hoteelka
hortiisa ku yaal oo lagu sheegay in la yiraahdo hoteel Al-Xarameyn.
Deedna waxaa dhacday in ciidamaddii waftiga ilaalinayey
tacshiiradda tii ka daran huwiyeen..
iyo waftigii Jabuuti ka yimi ayaa u soo dhaqaaqnay buu yiri
Yoonis xaggii hoteelka. Waxaan isku maqiiqay albaabkii oo aan
hore u galay si aan uga gabado tacshiirada marba marka ka
dambeysa sii cuslaaneysay.
hore waxaa la isku adegsaday qoryaha fudud iyo kuwa culus ee
mashiiganka. Muddo saacad ah ayaa rasaastaa la isticmaalayey
markii dambe ayaa ciidankii waftiga ilaalinayey waxay
isticmaaleen qoryo kuwa hore ka culus oo Bashiiku ka mid yahay.
muddo ah ayaa jawigu qasnaa oo waxba kala garan waayey . 45
daqiiqo ah ayaanu food ka soo qaadin hoteelka, in kastoo dad
badani fadhiyeen hoteelka hortiisa,oo argagaxa aniga iga muuqday
runtii aaney ka muuqan.
wuxuu intaa ku daray in markii 03.00 galabnimo ayaa rasaastii ka
qabowday hoteelka. Markii aan ka soo baxay hoteelka waxaa
dibadda ku arkay dhiig meel kasta daadsan. Sidaan arkaayey waxaa
dib loo riixay kooxdii dableyda ahayd weerarka soo geysatay.
dambe waxaan helay General Cismaan Shiikh Cali ”Badmaceeye”
oo ka madax ka ah nabadgelyadda barlamaanka. Wuxuu ii sheegay
buu yir Yoonis in kooxda hubeysan ee wax soo weerartay ay yihiin
dhalinyaro dooneysay in la qoro booliiska iyo ciidanka dowladu
dambe oo xaalku qaboobay ayaan ka soo baxnay hoteelkii waxaana
soo dhexmay magaalada intii aan ku socday hoteelka Shaamow,
Magaaladuna waana nabadooneyd.
idaacadda galabta 14.30-15.00 GMT
Wednesday, 11 October, 2000, 17:45 GMT
MPs attacked in Somalia
The parliamentarians were protected by more than 20 battle
Five people have died in Mogadishu during an armed attack on a
delegation from the country's new transitional assembly.
The assailants were militiamen who were annoyed they had not been
employed to protect the delegates.
The dead and injured were civilians caught in the cross-fire;
none of the 98 parliamentarians were hurt.
The delegation had arrived to begin establishing the country's
first parliament since the fall of president Mohammed Siad Barre in
Money not politics
They were protected by several hundred freelance militiamen, who
are not allied to any political party or warlord.
The MPs were inside their hotel when
the shooting started, and their security men returned fire using heavy
Somalia is a highly militarised society
A BBC correspondent at the scene said about 500 people had gathered
to greet the parliamentarians
He said the attack was motivated by money, not politics.
The militiamen had no allegiance to any warlord, but had earlier
said they would cause trouble because they had not been given security
A transitional assembly of 245 members was elected in Djibouti in
Abdulkassim Salat Hassan was elected
as president and he appointed Ali Khalif Galaydh as prime minister and
asked him to form a government.
Warlords such as Mohamed Aideed do not support the
Not all the warring factions in Somalia accept the legitimacy of
the transitional assembly.
The new government is intended to be the first national Somali
government since the overthrow of Siad Barre in 1991, but not all the
warring Somali factions accept it as legitimate.