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Three pioneer Somali women train as solar power engineers

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(ERGO) – Three rural Somali women are being trained as solar-power engineers in India and are hoping to bring new technology to their villages in remote parts of Puntland.

The women from Taleh, Badhan and Alula districts were selected by Puntland’s ministry of women’s development and family affairs for scholarships to attend the six-month training programme at the Barefoot College in Rajasthan, India, from September.

The women are all from villages far from urban centres where there is little electricity and no alternative sources of energy available.

Hali Farah, 38, from Hingalol in Badhan, told Radio Ergo they get only a few hours of electricity in her village. When she returns from the training she hopes to promote the use of solar energy and train others on the technology.

Najah Ahmed Adan, 30, said it was the first time in her life that she had received any such training.

Fatuma Shabel, 55, is a long-time advocate of women’s welfare in Habbo in Alula, Bari region. She told Radio Ergo she planned to bring much needed electricity to serve the people, fishermen and farmers in her village.

Anisa Abdulkadir Hajimumin, minister of woman development and family affairs in Puntland, said they had selected these three women because they were likely to remain in their villages and had a good understanding of the problems and needs facing local families.

The ministry plans to open shops for the women to sell solar equipment and apply their new skills, with the aim of enabling low income families and women with small businesses to get affordable light in their homes and places of business.

“This will create jobs for them and we also want women in these areas to get their share of opportunities relating to these kind of skills,” the minister said.

The ministry awarded various study and training scholarships to 30 other women, both in and outside Somalia.

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Mogadishu Blasts Death Toll Rises to 38

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VOA — The death toll from two suicide car bomb blasts that ripped through the Somali capital of Mogadishu Friday, has risen to at least 38 people, according to government sources.

Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan of the Aamin Ambulance Service said the bombings targeted the presidential palace and a hotel. At least 30 other people were wounded. Adan said that most of the victims were civilians.

The first blast occurred near the country’s intelligence headquarters. Minutes later, another car bomb hit a checkpoint about 300 meters from Somalia’s presidential palace.

The al-Shabab Islamist militant group claimed responsibility in a statement posted online, saying it was targeting the government and security services.

A Somali intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told VOA that suspected al-Shabab militants in a vehicle were stopped at the checkpoint, and began firing before the car exploded.

He said militants trying to escape were fighting Somali security officials pursuing them in the vicinity.

“We heard two big explosions and gunfire is still echoing in two different directions of the city,” Mogadishu resident Nur Abdulle told VOA. “After [the] blasts, we could see a huge cloud of smoke [go up] into the air.”

Al-Shabab has attacked dozens of government buildings, hotels, restaurants, and other targets in Mogadishu in recent years.

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Singapore-flagged tanker attacked off Somalia but escapes

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AP — Mogadishu – An international anti-piracy force says a Singapore-flagged chemical tanker has exchanged fire with attackers off the coast of Somalia before escaping unharmed.

The European Union anti-piracy force says in a statement that the MT Leopard Sun was attacked by two skiffs early on Friday about 160 nautical miles off central Somalia. A private security team on the tanker fired warning shots and the skiffs turned away about 20 minutes later.

The Horn of Africa nation saw a brief resurgence of pirate attacks a year ago.

The EU statement says Friday’s attack is “likely to be piracy related” and is the first such attack since November.

The statement says the chemical tanker had been en route from Oman to Cape Town, South Africa.

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BREAKING: 2 blasts, gunfire rock Somalia’s capital

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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police official says two car bomb blasts have rocked the capital, Mogadishu, followed by sustained gunfire. Three people have been killed.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the first blast, apparently caused by a suicide car bomber, occurred near Somalia’s intelligence headquarters.

The second blast occurred near parliament’s headquarters, where security forces have engaged with gunmen thought to be trying to attack the presidential palace.

The explosions have shattered a months-long period of calm in Mogadishu, which is often the target of attacks by the al-Shabab extremist group.

There is no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday evening’s blasts.

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