Sub-Saharan Africa Situation Reports

Somalia: Pirates Release ARIS 13 And Crew

The pirates who hijacked an ARIS 13 tanker March 13 released the vessel and its crew March 17, Reuters reported. According to statements by the captain of the vessel, no ransom was paid for their release. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Energy Minister Says Oil Price Stability A Must

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said March 16 that the United States and Saudi Arabia both need a stable oil price and that Riyadh will do what is necessary to make the global oil sector healthy, Bloomberg reported. Read more…

Somalia: Puntland Forces Clash With Pirates Over ARIS 13

Puntland forces reached the town of Habo, where the hijacked ARIS 13 is being held by Somali pirates and fired on a supply boat March 16, Sky News reported. Read more…

Somalia: Firefight Erupts Around Hijacked Oil Tanker

A firefight erupted March 16 between Somali maritime forces and pirates on board a hijacked oil tanker anchored near the Puntland coastal town of Alula, Sky News reported. Read more…

Somalia: German Vessel Reportedly Hijacked

According to multiple reports on Twitter, Somali pirates hijacked an oil tanker and guided it to where it is now anchored near Puntland's Alula district. Read more…

Congo: 2 U.N. Officials Kidnapped

Two U.N. officials working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been kidnapped, the Congolese government said March 13, Reuters reported. Read more…

Nigeria: President To Return After Time Abroad For Treatment

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will return to Nigeria on March 10, according to an official statement by the president's office, Reuters reported. Read more…

Somalia: New Prime Minister Appointed

Recently elected Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed appointed a new prime minister Feb. 23, AP reported. Read more…

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