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Military, homemade explosives in Somalia truck bomb

By Mohammed Dhaysane

MOGADISHU, Somalia 

The truck bomb that killed more than 300 people in Mogadishu was packed with 2 tonnes (2.2 U.S. tons) of explosive, a senior police officer involved in the investigation said Wednesday.

The bomb was constructed from military-grade as well as homemade explosives, the officer said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

Thousands in Somali capital march in defiance after attack

Thousands of people took to the streets of Somalia’s capital Wednesday in a show of defiance after the country’s deadliest attack, as officials shared a detailed account of how Saturday’s truck bombing that killed more than 300 was carried out. They said two people have been arrested.

Somalis defy police to protest

Thousands of Somalis demonstrated on Wednesday against those behind bombings that killed more than 300 people at the weekend, defying police who opened fire to keep them away from where their loved ones perished.

The twin blasts at busy junctions in the heart of Mogadishu on Saturday injured another more than 400 in what were the country’s deadliest truck bombings.

Somali girls make history on St. Cloud swim team

– Suhan Mohamed has found a welcoming community in a surprising place.

Only two months ago, she and Apollo High School classmate Nimo Gohe didn’t have a clue about how to swim. Now, the two Somali teens are making history, becoming the first Muslim girls to join the school’s team and two of the first to swim competitively in the state.

Eritrean President Sends Message of Condolence to Somali President

H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
President of
The Federal Republic of Somalia
Mogadiscio

Dear Mr. President,

In these harrowing days where the people of Somalia have yet again suffered a pernicious terrorist attack of huge proportions, allow me to extend – on behalf of the Government and people of Eritrea and on my own behalf – our heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Somalia.

OUT&ABOUT: A glimpse into the rich Somali architectural history

The ancient Egyptians used to call Somalia the Land of Punt. They loved punt for her myrrh, frankincense and aromatic gum resins.

The Romans of yore called it Cape Aromatic. The legends say that the Father of Somali was a man only known as Samale.

Somalis are found in Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Djibouti. Despite their geographical scatter, their unity makes them one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa.

Somalia bombing may have been revenge for botched US-led operation

The man who killed more than 300 people with a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu on Saturday was a former soldier in Somalia’s army whose home town was raided by local troops and US special forces two months ago in a controversial operation in which 10 civilians were killed, officials in Somalia have said.

Accused kidnapper testifies he lied to police, did not receive ransom money

OTTAWA — A man accused of holding Amanda Lindhout hostage in Somalia is telling a judge he didn’t receive ransom money — even though he twice told undercover RCMP officers he got $10,000 US.

Testifying today in Ontario Superior Court, Ali Omar Ader says that in 2013, he lied about being paid to a Mountie posing as his business agent because it was what the man wanted to hear.

Out of Tragedy, An Opportunity for Somalia

Saturday’s twin-truck suicide bombings in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, have so far killed at least 320 people and injured hundreds. The assault took place at a buzzing intersection on a busy afternoon during peak traffic, causing maximum damage to people and property. In the aftermath, men and women searching for victims in the rubble looked small amid the mounds of steel that formed unnatural valleys. In the coming days, more are certain to die in the city’s few under-resourced and over-crowded hospitals.

Mogadishu death toll rises to 231

THE death toll from a powerful bomb blast in Somalia’s capital has risen to 231 with more than 275 injured, making it the deadliest single attack yet in the Horn of Africa nation, police and hospital sources said yesterday.

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