- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 5, 2006


Islamic militia kills 2 over World Cup viewing

MOGADISHU — The Somalian Islamic militia fatally shot two persons demanding to watch the soccer World Cup semifinal match, witnesses said yesterday, in the latest sign of a hard-line religious edge to the newly powerful movement.

The Islamists, who kicked U.S.-backed warlords out of Mogadishu and then took control of a large swath of southern Somalia last month, initially sought to project a moderate image but increasingly have been showing a more radical side.

The Tuesday night shooting came when militiamen in the central town of Dusa Mareb — the home area of the Islamists’ hard-line leader Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys — shut a cinema showing the Germany-Italy semifinal, residents said.

When the mainly young audience began a demonstration outside, the militiamen first shot into the air, but their bullets also killed the cinema owner and a young girl, and wounded four, the witnesses said.


Death toll climbs in cholera epidemic

JOHANNESBURG — The death toll in Angola’s cholera epidemic has reached 2000, with the number of cases at nearly 49,000, the World Health Organization said yesterday.

From Feb. 13 to Tuesday, “a total of 48,817 cumulative cases and 2003 deaths have been reported in 14 out of the 18 provinces” in Angola, WHO said.

The deadly but easily treatable water-borne disease broke out in Luanda’s northern slum of Boa Vista and rapidly spread throughout the seaside capital and to other parts of the oil-rich southern African country.


Peace talks to start next week in Sudan

JUBA, Sudan — Uganda and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have agreed to start peace talks on Wednesday aimed at ending northern Uganda’s brutal, nearly 20-year-old war, the chief mediator said yesterday.

The two sides will begin meeting in Juba, the capital of autonomous southern Sudan, he said, after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s offer of a blanket amnesty to wanted LRA leader Joseph Kony.

Kony and four top rebels were indicted last year by the International Criminal Court at Kampala’s request, but Mr. Museveni said he would not support their prosecution if a peace agreement was signed.

Weekly Notes …

Kenya’s trade minister was robbed in a carjacking in the capital Nairobi on Monday, underscoring growing concern over crime in the city. The gunmen took Mukhisa Kituyi’s luxury four-wheel-drive vehicle, nearly $3,000 in cash, two mobile phones and credit cards, police said. Mr. Kituyi, who was with an armed bodyguard, was not injured. His Mitsubishi Pajero was recovered in a crime-ridden slum in eastern Nairobi. … Six persons were killed and 11 wounded when gunmen ambushed a German aid agency vehicle in southern Sudan, witnesses said yesterday. Five Sudanese teenagers riding in the back of a pickup belonging to the German Agency for Technical Cooperation, or GTZ, and one attacker were killed in the incident Monday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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