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Somali capital rocked as car bomb targets popular hotel

A car bomb went off on Saturday in central Mogadishu near a hotel popular with government officials and businessmen, injuring at least one person, police and witnesses said. "There was a car bomb explosion near the rear gate of the Maka Al Mukarama……

Fighting breaks out in Somali capital

Heavy fighting broke out Thursday in the Somali capital Mogadishu, after government forces backed by African Union troops launched an assault against a stronghold of the hardline Shebab insurgents, officials and witnesses said. “There is heavy fighting this morning in several locations, it is too early to say about casualty numbers, but…

Al-Qaeda’s east Africa chief ‘killed in Somalia’

MOGADISHU (AFP) – The presumed head of Al-Qaeda in east Africa, Fazul Abdullah Muhammad, wanted for blowing up the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, was killed in Mogadishu this week, sources said Saturday. Fazul Abdullah, 38, is thought to have planned the massive truck bombings in Nairobi and Dar…

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