Somalia urges Ethiopia to free detained officials

Somalia urges Ethiopia to free detained officialsMon, 22 Feb 2010 — Mogadishu has urged Ethiopia to release several Somali nationals, who officials say have been in Ethiopian police custody after fleeing violence in the strife-torn country.

Somali authorities said Monday that two lawmakers and several military officials have been in Ethiopian police custody for two weeks.

More than 21,000 people have been killed in violence since the beginning of 2007.

They have told Press TV that the detainees were on a government mission near the border and were forced to enter Ethiopia after their convoy came under attack by armed Somali fighters.

Somalia’s internationally-backed government, which assumed office in 2009 with the hopes of bringing some semblance of stability to the lawless Horn of Africa nation, has been under attack by Somali fighters from the start.

The fighters have vowed to bring down the government of Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.

Violence has killed more than 21,000 people in Somalia since the beginning of 2007.

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