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Al-Shabaab kills at least 15 people in hotel attack

Terrorism | Somali official says police have regained control of the building in Mogadishu
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/25/17, 11:18 am

Somali-based Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab killed at least 15 people and injured more than 50 others today after militants set off twin bombs and opened fire at a popular hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. 

The attack began this morning when the extremists rammed an explosive-laden car into Dayah hotel’s gate. Gunmen then stormed the building and began to exchange gunfire with security guards. A second car bomb detonated at the same location several minutes later, after journalists and first responders arrived at the scene.

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Somali-American woman becomes Minnesota lawmaker

Politics | Ilhan Omar holds the highest office of any U.S. citizen born in Somalia
by Tom Pfingsten
Posted 1/12/17, 09:52 am

Hair bundled into an orange hijab, Ilhan Omar put her hand on a copy of the Quran on Jan. 3 and began her two-year term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Born in Somalia in 1982, the 34-year-old wife and mother of three now represents a legislative district in Minneapolis. She is the first Somali-American woman in U.S. history elected to such a high office.

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Al-Shabaab on bombing spree in Somalia

Somalia | UN building attack marks the second strike this week
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/04/17, 10:44 am

A car bomb exploded today near a United Nations compound in Somalia, wounding at least four officers, police said.

The explosion follows twin blasts Monday that killed nine people.

Major Nur Osman, a police official at the scene, told Reuters the attackers planted the bomb in a car parked in a garage just outside a facility owned by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital.

“We can confirm four guards working for the United Nations were injured,” Osman said.

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