War Reports | June 18, 2009


Somalia Somalia’s Security Minister Omar Hashi Aden was among ten people killed in a bomb attack north of the capitalat a hotel in Beledweyne, reports BBC. Ten more people were killed in a separate bomb attack on a mosque in Mogadishu.

Pakistan A U.S. airstrike in South Waziristan killed nine people, reports BBC. The strike targeted a house in a village near the Afghan border, and Taliban militants were reportedly among the dead.

The New York Times reports on the plight of an estimated three million internal refugees from the current fighting inside Pakistan. While the UN is aiding refugees living in camps, most are outside the camps:

All of this puts the burden on their host families, who, according to a survey conducted by Save the Children, have taken in more than two families each. (The average family size is 10.)

It is a colossal act of charity. The survey found that only a third of refugees were living with relatives. The rest were staying with friends and even strangers.

India? Government paramilitary troops were headed for a part of West Bengal taken over by Maoist rebels, reports BBC. Ten communist party workers are dead, apparently killed by the rebels.

The tribespeople-dominated Lalgarh area in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district has been under the virtual control of the Maoist rebels since last November.

Over the past few days, villagers backed by the rebels have taken over more villages in the area and burnt down and demolished offices belonging to the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPI(M).

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