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Somalia restores Internet services after three weeks outage 

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somalia government on Monday confirmed the restoration of internet services in Mogadishu and the larger south and central regions after three weeks outage.

Minister of Posts, Telecommunication and Technology Engineer Abdi Anshur Hassan told journalists the 23-day outage was caused by an undersea fibre optic cable cut.

He said a vessel, the MSC Alice, which had brought goods to a port in the capital Mogadishu, was responsible for the situation.

“Finally we have internet services back following efforts by the government and the internet service providers,” said Hassan.

“Joint efforts made by the Somali government and the Internet Service Provider (the company) brought the internet service available again in the south and central Somalia successfully,” he added.

The minister urged the companies providing the fibre optic to have backups so that they could get an alternative internet service for their customers in case of network problem.

He said law on the telecommunication should immediately be approved to help give the public the right to get compensation from companies providing the service in case of any failure.

The minister also called on the service providers to ensure such disconnection does not occur again in the future.

Somalia had announced last week it was losing an average of 10 million U.S. dollars daily owing to the outage which has affected business and virtually all sectors of the country’s economy.

“The average loss of the lack of internet services is about 10 million dollars per day. We lost 130 million dollars only in the past two weeks after missing the services which was the lifeline of our people,” Hassan said last week.

The internet outage hit 11 out of 18 Somali regions including the capital Mogadishu.

The government said whoever was involved in this incident will be tried and the company that belongs to the ship that was involved in cutting the undersea cable is required to pay for the loss.


African Union denies its convoy killed woman in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Sunday denied reports that its convoy killed a woman in Albao area, about 20kms northwest of Mogadishu on July 9.

AMISOM said the woman who was only injured by shrapnel from improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Al-Shabaab is recuperating in hospital.

“The woman who was pregnant was immediately evacuated to the AMISOM level II hospital, where she received emergency treatment and was later transferred to a local hospital in central Mogadishu, for further treatment,” it said in a statement.

An AU convoy from Albao Forward Operating Base (FOB) ran into an IED, which exploded and seriously damaged one of its vehicles on July 9.

“The allegations made by Shabelle Media have been investigated by the Civilian Casualty Tracking, Analysis and Response Cell (CCTARC) and were found to be false,” it said.

“Claims that the woman had been killed by AMISOM is therefore malicious and a deliberate move meant to cause disaffection and damage to the reputation of the AU Mission,” it said.

The AU mission said it is always committed to sharing information with the media that would help them write factual stories and correctly inform the people.

“AMISOM appeals to journalists to be professional and fair in their reports and desist from misleading the public,” it said.



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