(Coordinating Committee of the Organisation for Volunteer
Services) was the subject of a grenade attack in the coastal
town of Merka on Thursday in the latest of a series of incidents
targeting humanitarian agencies.
which follows violent incidents targeting the World Health
Organisation (WHO) and the European Community Humanitarian
Office (ECHO) in Merka, appeared to be the work of an Islamic
fundamentalist organisation which claimed that COSVI was prosletysing
for Christianity and spreading "disruptive western influences",
humanitarian sources told IRIN on Friday.
has been involved in EC-supported demobilisation and education
programmes in Merka.
targeting of humanitarian agencies appeared to be related
to local clan politics, tension associated with the sharia
courts, and with disgruntled contract- and job-seekers, rather
than any wider issues in Somalia, such as ongoing peace initiative
in Djibouti, the sources added.
Aid Coordination Body (SACB), an umbrella group of donors,
UN agencies and NGOs, was scheduled to meet on Friday afternoon
to discuss a coordinated response to the latest security incident
attack follows the withdrawal from Puntland in the northeast
of the German NGO Aktion Afrika Hilfe (AAH) after a failed
attack on Tuesday, when a grenade was thrown over its compound
wall but did not explode.
to UN sources, the attack was instigated by a disgruntled