Saturday, May 5, 2012

Al Ahly and Sunshine Stars finally leave Mali

An Egyptian military plane airlifted Ahly out of Bamako on Thursday afternoon headed for Cairo.
The six players and two officials from Stars left on Friday to return home via Benin.
The two teams were stranded after Monday's attempted counter-coup caused the airport to be closed.
Ahly's flight after their 1-0 loss in the African Champions League to Stade Malien was initially delayed by bad weather.

Zambian FA confirms Fifa playing ban for match-fixers

The Football Association of Zambia (Faz) has stepped in to ensure that nine convicted match-fixers honour their global playing bans.
All the players were found guilty of taking bribes in Finland last year and then given a two-year ban by that country's football association.
World football's governing body, Fifa, extended all the bans to apply globally, but two of the players - Donewell Yobe and Francis Kombe - have unwittingly violated the ban by playing back home in Zambia.

Akufo-Addo Endorses Kennedy Agyapong’s Call For Slaughtering of Gas & Ewes

Akufo-Addo, the Leader and Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has at long last opened his mouth on the reckless genocidal statement made by NPP MP, Kennedy Agyapong.

After a long silence, and quietly supporting the war cry and the call for Ashantis to slaughter Gas and Ewes, Akufo-Addo has finally openly thrown his weight behind Kennedy Agyapong.

Speaking in an “exclusively” orchestrated manner with one of Joy FM’s NPP reporters, Sammy Darko, the NPP flagbearer made his thoughts known.

Ghana: Lawyer In Dramatic U-Turn

…Now ‘Fighting’ for Arhur Paes against His Ex. Client

Lawyer Nana Oppong, of Due Diligence Chambers, has made a sharp u-turn from his client, Eunice Wubbling, whom he was defending in a defilement case and is now defending Arthur Paes, the man at the centre of a civil case in an Accra High Court, for allegedly defiling a minor since she was eight years old.

Nana Oppong was the counsel for Eunice Wubbling all these years until recently, due to what Eunice called “strange straits” exhibited by her attorney, the two parted ways following Eunices’ suspicions that her lawyer may be dealing with her opponent in the defilement case.

Ghana: NPP must take blame for Volta alienation said Nana Addo

The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) says the party is partly to blame for the seeming hostile attitude by residents of the Volta Region towards the NPP.

Nana Akufo-Addo said the posture and attitude by some party officials have largely contributed to the dwindling fortunes of the NPP in the Volta Region.

The flagbearer was speaking during a meeting with the Volta Region House of Chiefs on Friday.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Arsenal to play pre-season game in Abuja Nigeria

According to the organisers, DanJan Sports, Arsenal's opposition are likely to be a leading African national team.
It will be the first time the Gunners have played in Nigeria.
"We are working on the opposition and once that is finalised we will announce it to the public in conjunction with the London club," David Omigie of DanJan Sports said.

Africa Cup of Nations 2013 South Africa revealed cities after delay

South Africa has named Nelspruit, Rustenburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Johannesburg are the host cities for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The decision means that Cape Town Stadium, built for the 2010 World Cup, will not be used for the tournament.
Johannesburg's FNB Stadium, formerly known as Soccer City and the venue for the World Cup final, will host only the opening match and the final.

Overnight curfew imposed after Egypt mass prrotest clashes

Egypt's ruling military council imposed an overnight curfew in the area around the defence ministry in Cairo after one soldier was reported killed and hundreds wounded in clashes there.
Soldiers used water cannons and tear gas against protesters on Friday.
Dozens of people were arrested. Protesters later dispersed and some joined a protest in Tahrir Square.
On Wednesday, unidentified assailants attacked protesters outside the ministry, leaving at least 20 dead.

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir rejected for Malawi's Banda

Malawi's new President Joyce Banda has said she does not want Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, accused of war crimes, to attend a summit in July.
She says she fears the "economic implications" if Mr Bashir attends the African Union meeting in Malawi.
Her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika, who died last month, last year defied calls to apprehend Mr Bashir.

Tanzania President sacks ministers amid corruption scandal

He has been under pressure to deal with the scandal following a report by a body overseeing public finances.
The inspector of the government's accounts noted the rampant misuse of funds in at least seven ministries.
The ministers who have been dropped from cabinet all hold high-profile portfolios: Finance, energy, tourism, trade, transport and health.

Soldier killed, many injured and arrested in fresh Egypt clashes

One soldier is reported to have been killed and hundreds of people hurt in fresh clashes between Egyptian security forces and protesters in Cairo.
Soldiers used water cannons and tear gas outside the defence ministry.
Dozens of people have been arrested and a night-time curfew is now in force. Protesters later dispersed and some joined a protest in Tahrir Square.

Despite UN sanctions deadline, South Sudan keep 'bombing'

The two Sudans have swapped accusations of continuing to fight as a UN deadline has passed for them to cease hostilities or face sanctions.
South Sudan says Khartoum is continuing to bomb its territory - charges it denies.
Sudan says that until the South withdraws from territory it has occupied it has not "stopped hostilities".

Nigeria: Edo state governor 'Oshiomhole's aide shoot dead'

Mr Olaitan, the personal secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, was assassinated this morning.
Eye witness accounts state that the governor's aide was shot by gunmen who broke into his house early Friday morning.
The state's police command has confirmed the killing, though the state government is yet to react as the time of this report.
More to follow.

Obama invites President John Evans Atta Mills to G8 Summit

President John Evans Atta Mills together with three other African leaders has been invited to attend the upcoming summit of the group of eight industrialized countries in the United States of America.

Chairperson of the African Union and President of Benin Yayi Boni, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete and President Mills will be attending the Group of Eight (G8) Summit at Camp David in the United States of America.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sudan vows to end fighting with South Sudan

Sudan has promised to cease hostilities with South Sudan and comply with a UN Security Council resolution.
However the foreign ministry also said that Khartoum reserved the right to respond to "aggression" from the South.
The statement came hours after Juba alleged fresh bombing by the Khartoum government's forces.
A UN resolution on Wednesday backed an African Union plan demanding both sides cease hostilities, amid fears of an all-out war between the neighbours.

Africa's share of foreign direct investment largest ever

Africa received its largest ever share of global foreign direct investment (FDI) last year, an Ernst and Young survey has said.
FDI projects grew by 27% in 2011, pushing Africa's share of the world's investment to almost a quarter.
FDI inflows, now about $80bn (£50bn), should reach $150bn by 2015, according to the global consultants.

Zimbabwe 'male rape' charge dropped case

Zimbabwean prosecutors have dropped charges against three women arrested in connection with male rapes.
They were charged last year with 17 counts of aggravated indecent assault - as Zimbabwean law does not recognise the act of a woman raping a man.
At least two of them will face charges of prostitution instead, officials say.

EU imposes sanctions on Guinea-Bissau coup leaders

The European Union has imposed targeted sanctions on six coup leaders in the West African country of Guinea-Bissau.
They include a freeze on assets and a travel ban on the leaders who took power in a 12 April coup.
The move comes as the West African regional bloc Ecowas meets in Senegal to discuss what other actions to take against junta leaders in Guinea-Bissau and Mali.
Ecowas had already imposed sanctions on Guinea-Bissau earlier this week.

Sierra Leone trial: 80 years urged for Charles Taylor

Prosecutors in the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor have said he should be handed an 80-year sentence following his war crimes conviction in The Hague last week.
In a brief, the team told the Special Court for Sierra Leone the "extreme magnitude" of the crimes he committed warranted the long-term sentence.
The 64-year old was found guilty on 11 counts, including rape and murder, relating to the Sierra Leone civil war.

Bosco 'Terminator' Ntaganda wanted over DR Congo mutiny

Renegade general Bosco Ntaganda is to be arrested for leading a recent mutiny in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities have said.
"He is implicated in this case of indiscipline, and he is wanted for that," said North Kivu governor Julien Paluku.
Thousands of people have been displaced by recent fighting in North Kivu between mutinous troops and the army.
Gen Ntaganda is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
'Wanted man'

Nigeria: Azazi’s bold position and America’s evasive posturing

General Andrew Azazi’s speech at the just concluded South-South Economic summit was spot on. Albeit too many analysts and political masquerades have tried to deconstruct the speech into components that suit their selfish political objectives, the keynote of the NSA was clear – that political discontent engendered by the outcome of the 2011 presidential elections, created conducive nesting environment for the escalation of the Boko Haram Jihad.
The deeper meaning of his speech is the absolute response to United States’ posturing that economic alienation is the principal motor of Boko Haram. The NSA did not completely disagree with Ambassador Johnny Carson, but he delivered a didactic talk.

Tunisia fines TV channel owner over controversial film

The owner of a private Tunisian TV station has been fined for showing a controversial animated film.
The award-winning French-American film, Persepolis, has been denounced as blasphemous by radical Muslims.
The case of Nabib Karoui had been seen as an important test of free speech in Tunisia, where last year's popular uprising inspired the Arab Spring.
When the film was broadcast last October, Islamist militants attacked the offices of the TV station, Nessma.
Depicting Allah

Kenya's Raila Odinga warns of ethnic election violence

Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga has warned that the emergence of ethnically-based political groups could spell doom in elections due next year.
Mr Odinga joined a coalition government with his rival President Mwai Kibaki to help end violence after the 2007 poll when more than 1,200 people died.
"When the ethnic drums are being sounded, we know" what that means for the country, he told the BBC.
But he said the coalition had helped bring in reforms.

Burundi bans report on political assassinations

Burundi's government has banned Human Rights Watch from holding a press conference about its report into the escalation of political violence.
Barely a week went by in 2011 without an assassination, the New York-based rights group says.
A local rights group has recorded more than 160 killings this year, blaming the security services for many of them.
The authorities have said such claims are exaggerated and blamed most of the deaths on armed bandits.
The UN has also condemned the Burundian government's failure to tackle "targeted killings".

At least 20 killed as attackers target Cairo protest in Egypt

At least 20 people have been killed in Cairo in an attack on a protest near the Egyptian Ministry of Defence.
The unknown attackers used rocks, clubs, firebombs and shotguns. The protesters retaliated, beating some assailants.
Soldiers and police have now intervened to stop the clashes, but as long as six hours after the violence started.
Two leading presidential candidates have suspended campaigning in protest at the way authorities handled it.
Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh, an independent Islamist, and Mohammed Mursi, head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), criticised the authorities' response.

UN passes resolution threatening sanctions on Sudans

The UN Security Council has threatened to impose sanctions on Sudan and South Sudan if the two nations fail to halt the recent violence.
The unanimously backed resolution calls on Khartoum and Juba to resume negotiations on disputed issues within two weeks.
Fighting in recent weeks has raised fears of a return to all-out war.
South Sudan became independent last year, but disputes with the north over territorial issues remained unresolved.

Mali junta forces hunt down counter-coup soldiers

Gunfire has been heard in Mali's capital Bamako for a third day as junta patrols hunt down soldiers who had tried to stage an counter-coup.
Panicking residents fled the city centre - but there has been no fresh fighting, a junta spokesperson said.
The shots were fired into the air to break up a student protest, according to Bakary Mariko.
Fighting broke out on Monday after reports that leaders of the anti-junta presidential guard would be arrested.
'Footballers stranded'

Nigeria's Potiskum cattle market raid '34 killed in Yobe'

Witnesses say they saw several bodies being removed after the market in Potiskum, Yobe state, was set on fire by gunmen armed with explosives.
A hospital source told the AFP news agency that up to 34 people had died.
Police say the attack may be in revenge for the killing by traders of a man who had earlier tried to steal cattle.
'Threw explosives' "A group of gunmen armed with around 20 explosives and assault rifles attacked the Potiskum cattle market," police spokesman Toyin Gbadegesin told AFP.

Ghana private universities 'cause unemployment to graduate'

Ghana's minister for employment has blamed private universities for high levels of graduate joblessness.
These institutions take mediocre students who graduate with sub-standard qualifications, Moses Asaga said.
He was responding to complaints by the Ghana's Trades Union Congress about the government's failure to create jobs.
Stephen Adei, a private lecturer, told the BBC these views were "totally wrong" as private universities were affiliated to mainstream institutions.

Libya raise ban on religious parties as voters register

Libya's National Transitional Council has lifted a ban on religious parties taking part in June's election.
At the same time the NTC announced a clampdown on Libyans loyal to the country's former leader, Muammar Gaddafi. Public praise of Gaddafi or his regime will now be an offence.
The election will choose members of a new General National Congress.
Registration centres opened throughout the country on 1 May, and voters have two weeks in which to register.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Africa's first ever online university begins operation

Upset by disparities in Africa’s education system, Gossy Ukanwoke, a Nigerian entrepreneur, has come up with Africa’s first fully-fledged online distance-learning platform called Beni American University.

Ukanwoke, 23, says he hopes the online university will fill the gap in the continent’s educational systems by bringing quality education to African learners looking to gain post-secondary diploma or degree.

Nigeria: One Person Killed In Fresh Gunfight Between Boko Haram And The JTF In Kano

The Joint Task Force and islamist militants of the Boko Haram sect have been engaging is sustained gun battle since 3AM Nigerian time in the town of Sherada and Sabo Wuar-Gwandu in Kumbotso local government area in Kano State according to police sources.
Saharareporters learns that the security forces rsaided the neighborhood in search of militants suspected to have participated in las Sunday's  attacks on christian fellowships at the Bayero university in Kano .
Police said they recovered unexploded IEDs, guns and ammunitions from the militants. Some of the militants and theirs wives were arrested, A few others were injured during that raid by security forces.

Nigeria First lady to launch female drivers training scheme

Wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan will on Friday flag of a new job scheme for women known as the Lady Chauffeur Training Scheme (LCTS) designed to train young female Nigerians to become professional drivers.
The scheme, which is collaboration between the office of the First Lady and the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) will have 200 beneficiaries in the first phase in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Prepare For Mass Protest Over Subsidy Scam, Soyinka Tells Nigerians

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, says the Farouk-Lawan report shows that Nigerians have been dehumanized.
Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, on Monday urged Nigerians to get ready for another determined protest over the fuel subsidy scam.
Mr. Soyinka said in a press conference organized by the Save Nigeria Group (SNG) in Lagos that revelations from the subsidy probe dehumanizes Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that controversies continue to trail the report of the fuel subsidy probe which was submitted to the House of Representatives by the Farouk Lawan-led Committee last week.

Nigeria Ibom Power Plant Collapse: Small Businesses Groan In Akwa Ibom

The collapse of the Independent Power Plant built by the Akwa Ibom government has led to prolonged power outage from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in Eket and its environs even as a parallel fuel scarcity is inflicting a brutal toll on economic activity.

SaharaReporters learnt from officials of the PHCN in Eket that the power plant, which has never operated optimally, broke down and has not been fixed. 

U.S. Energy Subsidiary Named In Massive Oil Ripoff Rocking Nigeria

So-called fuel importers including a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil billed Nigeria for eye-popping sums of money without importing a single drop of oil.
Details of the wholesale scamming were revealed in a scathing 205 page official report that stunned citizens including Nobel Peace Prize winner Wole Soyinka.
A parliamentary probe, covering 2009 to 2011, found that dozens of petrol marketers, including the state oil company, helped themselves to payments for fuel that did not exist or was sold abroad - siphoning billions of dollars into the pockets of corrupt officials and businessmen.
"Nigerians have been suffering under the deceit of a select few that has milked us all dry in the name of fuel subsidy," said Lawan Farouk, head of the committee that led the probe.
The oil imports were designed to subsidize the price that Nigerians paid at the pump. It was considered one of the few benefits from being an oil-rich country.
Officials in the Goodluck Jonathan administration were named in the report as were 15 fuel importers who allegedly received over $300 million without importing any fuel. More than 100 oil marketers may have double billed. In one case, invoices of 999 million Nigerian dollars were OK’d for payment 128 times in 24 hours.
Mobil Oil contests the figure of $95 million supposedly owed to Nigeria.
Nobel winner Soyinka expressed dismay at the size of the ripoff.  He urged Nigerians to return to the streets as they did in January during the Occupy Nigeria protests. ”It is enough. Nigerians must be prepared to march, must be prepared to come out en masse and demand a termination of these years of insolence against the ordinary people.”
Of those named in the report, many deny taking part in fraud, with some taking out full-page newspaper ads proclaiming their innocence. w/pix of anti-corruption rally

NIGERIA MAY DAY: Fashola said " I’ll no longer pay any wage imposed by FG"

Governor Babatude Fashola of Lagos, yesterday, told Lagos workers that henceforth his government would no longer pay any wage imposed by the Federal Government unless the state was part of the negotiation that brought about the wage.
Foshola who spoke while addressing workers of the state during yesterday’s May Day celebration, said the government could only pay such wage if the Federal Government made money available.
This came as organised labour in the state blamed the growing insecurity in the country to unemployment, frustration, inequalities, injustice among others.

Nigeria: Suspect of Kaduna suicide bomber transferred to Abuja

The suspected suicide bomber of the SOJ Plaza Kaduna has now been transferred to the force headquarters Abuja, Kaduna State police commissioner, Mohammed J. Abubakar, said in Kaduna yesterday.
Last Thursday, a suspected bomber rode in a bomb-laden Honda Academy car killing three and injuring 25 persons at the plaza.  The SOJ Plaza housed offices of ThisDay, Sun and the Moment newspapers. Speaking to Daily Trust on phone, the police commissioner said the suspected suicide bomber who sustained various degrees of injuries has been transferred to force headquarters Abuja for further investigation.

In Yobe Nigeria: Gunmen kill three traders

Gunmen have shot dead three people in restive Yobe State in the latest deadly attacks to hit the region, police said on Tuesday.
The incident happened late Monday in the Dogon-Zare area of Potiskum, the commercial centre of the state.
The assailants stormed the residence of the three men who were believed to be Christian traders from southern Nigeria. Residents said they had lived in Potiskum for many years.

Killing Of Christians And Terrorism: Nigeria On The Verge of Disintegration, Says Nigerians Northern Christians

Christians of Northern Nigerian extraction, under the aegis of the 19 Northern State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have warned that there may be no longer a Nigeria if the killings and bombings by Boko Haram sect are allowed to continue.
The Northern Christians issued the statement after an emergency meeting in Kaduna, and they flung the blame at the feet of the federal government, as well as traditional and political leaders of the North, calling on those that are spearheading the terrorist violence to be conscious of the fact that non-terrorists could equally become terrorists by taking their destiny into their hands.

Jailed Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega honoured

An imprisoned Ethiopian journalist and blogger has been given a prestigious freedom of expression award.
Eskinder Nega was awarded the Pen America's "Freedom to Write" annual prize for publishing articles critical of Ethiopia's human rights record.
His wife Serkalem Fasil, who is a journalist and also spent time in jail, received the award on his behalf.

Somali Mohammad Shibin guilty over Quest hijacking

A US jury has convicted a Somali man of piracy for serving as a hostage negotiator during the hijacking of an American yacht.
Mohammad Saaili Shibin was found guilty of piracy, kidnapping and hostage-taking over the 2011 hijacking of the SV Quest, near Oman.
Prosecutors said he received at least $30,000 (£18,475) for negotiating ransom payments.
The incident saw all four Americans on board shot and killed.
Shibin was arrested by the FBI and military officials in Somalia in April 2011.

Bosco 'Terminator' Ntaganda takes over DR Congo towns

Troops loyal to Bosco Ntaganda, wanted by the International Criminal Court, have taken two towns in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
A BBC reporter in the area says thousands of people are fleeing the fierce fighting towards nearby Goma.
Hundreds of heavily armed soldiers loyal to Gen Ntaganda recently defected from the Congolese army.
Known locally as the Terminator, Gen Ntaganda has denied the ICC accusation that he recruited child soldiers.

Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure 'key' to City victory

Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure has been praised for the key role he played in Manchester City's vital victory over city rivals United on Monday.
The midfielder, who has been central to the revival of his club's ambitions, was again at the heart of the action.
The BBC said he had been "dominant" during the derby against City's rivals for the Premier League title.
The Daily Telegraph   described him as "magnificent" and said he had "given everything in securing the win".
City now top the table on goal difference, with both teams having two games left.

Mazembe confident in African Champions League

Former African champions TP Mazembe of DR Congo are confident of making it to the group phase of this year's tournament.
The Lubumbashi-based side beat Sudan's El Merreikh 2-0 at home in the first leg of their round of 16 tie on Sunday.
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And striker Given Singuluma has told the BBC his side can get the result they need in Sudan in two weeks' time.

Fifa ban Zambian match fixers in Finland scandal

Six Zambian players have had worldwide bans imposed on them by Fifa after a match-fixing scandal in Finland.
Godfrey Chibanga, Chileshe Chibwe, Steven Kunda, Christopher Musonda, Chanda Mwaba and Nchimunya Mweetwa had already been banned by Football Association of Finland (Faf), following the conclusion of an appeals process.
The six played for Rovaniemi Palloseura (RoPs), and along with a number of colleagues, were convicted of taking bribes by a Finnish court last year.
The Singaporean man at the heart of the investigation, Wilson Raj Perumal, was sentenced to two years in prison.

Mali violence delayed Ahly and Sunshine Stars

Players and officials from Egypt's Al Ahly and Nigeria's Sunshine Stars are stranded in Mali, after renewed violence on Monday.
Ahly played Stade Malien and Stars took on Djoliba in the African Champions League at the weekend.
The Cairo club's flight was delayed by bad weather, and then - when trouble broke out - the airport was closed.
Some members of the Nigerian party left the country on Saturday night but a small group remain trapped.
"They cannot leave the hotel, on the instructions of the Egyptian embassy," Ahly board member Khaled Mortagy said.

Mali coup: Junta forces 'overrun rivals' camp'

Pro-junta forces in Mali have taken control of the main anti-junta military base after two days of fighting in the capital, Bamako, witnesses say.
Junta forces are going through the camp looking for any remaining troops, a witness told the BBC.
The shooting broke out late on Monday after reports that the leaders of the presidential guard would be arrested.

“Dieziani Allison-Madueke Called Me Over 20 Times In Quest to Become Nigeria Minister For Petroleum,” Claims Henry Okah in Affidavit

In an affidavit to be filed in a South African court, detained Mr. Henry Okah claims that in just the first few days of April 2010, after Mr. Goodluck Jonathan became Acting President of Nigeria, one Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke called him over 20 times for help to become Petroleum Minister.

Regional force 'should help Nigeria' fight boko haram militants

Chad's leader has called for the urgent creation of a regional force to tackle Nigerian Boko Haram militants.
The Islamist group operates in northern Nigeria, but President Idriss Deby said it was posing a threat to its neighbours around Lake Chad.
"Our basin is exposed to insecurity because of the permanent threat posed by Boko Haram," he said.
Nigeria has been struggling to contain attacks by the militants who want to impose Islamic law in the country.
On Monday, a suicide attack on a police station in Taraba state, which borders Cameroon, killed at least 11 people. No-one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Boko Haram militants have carried out many similar attacks.

Kenya mourns women's rugby captain Aberdeen Shikoyi

Tributes are being paid to Aberdeen Shikoyi, the captain of the national Kenya Women's Rugby team who died on Saturday in Nairobi.
According to the Kenya Rugby Football Union, Ms Shikoyi was injured during the first leg of the Women's Elgon Cup in Uganda a week earlier.
She was immediately airlifted to the Kenyan capital for treatment, reportedly for a spinal injury.
Her death was announced shortly after her team won this year's Elgon Cup.

Somalia MPs killed in al-Shabab suicide attack, sevral injured

Seven people, including two MPs, have been killed in a suicide attack in central Somalia, authorities in the town of Dusa Mareb have said.
Eyewitnesses told the BBC the attack targeted a group of about 20 politicians at an outdoor cafe.
They had travelled to Dusa Mareb in Galgadud region - which is controlled by a pro-government militia - to promote reconciliation.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Releases Video On ThisDay Bombing, Threatens To Attack VOA, Guardian, Daily Trust, SaharaReporters

The extremist group, Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati Wal-Jihadl, popularly called Boko Haram, today named more media houses and staff as targets of their attack.
In an 18minutes video, the group threatened to attack more media houses, naming Voice of America (Hausa), Radio France (Hausa), Daily Trust, Guardian Newspapers, among others. The group also gave reasons why they bombed Thisday office in Abuja and other media houses last Thursday.
“This is a message from jamaatu ahlis sunnah lil daawati wal jihad, and we wish to inform Nigerians our reasons for attacking some media houses,” the group said.
The video also shows that the radical group carried a live coverage of the bombing in Abuja showing and filmed the exact explosion of the Thisday bombing. The group created the new Youtube video under the name Alhaji Mani.

Unknown gun men kill six at Cairo protest

Unknown assailants have killed at least six people at a protest against Egypt's ruling generals near the defence ministry in Cairo, officials say.
Witnesses described how the attackers set on them at dawn using rocks, clubs, firebombs and firing shotguns.
Up to 100 people were also reportedly injured and are being treated at a field clinic in the Abbasiya district.
Many of the protesters are supporters of a Salafist preacher barred from standing in the presidential election.
Hazem Abu Ismail was disqualified because his mother held dual Egyptian-US citizenship, violating rules laid out in a constitutional declaration approved after an uprising forced President Hosni Mubarak to step down.
Mr Abu Ismail complained that he was the victim of a "plot" by the military authorities, but the election commission said it had found no evidence.