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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Somalia suicide blast hits Mogadishu, 'killing 14'

BBC- Two suicide bombers have blown themselves up in a restaurant in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, killing at least 14 people, officials say.
The attack - not yet claimed by any group - took place in the city centre, near the presidential palace.
The dead included the former editor of Somali National TV, Liban Ali Nur, two other journalists and two policemen.
Somali government troops say they are advancing on the port of Kismayo, held by the Islamist group al-Shabab.
The UN refugee agency has reported a sudden spike in the number of civilians fleeing Kismayo, from a few dozen to more than 1,000 a day.
Although al-Shabab has lost ground recently, it still controls large swathes of southern and central Somalia.
The BBC's Ibrahim Aden in Mogadishu says he saw six bodies at the Village restaurant, which is opposite the national theatre.
He says the restaurant is popular with civil servants and journalists.
Ali Mohammed Yassin, who was in the restaurant at the time, told the AFP news agency that he heard "a loud explosion".
He added that at least two people were taken to hospital with severe injuries.
Mohamed Sheikh, a security guard at the national theatre, also said that he saw bodies and wounded people, according to Reuters.
A second blast went off when crowds gathered near the restaurant.
The Village is run by Somalis who recently returned from Britain.
Al-Shabab militants were pushed out of Mogadishu last year, but they have frequently staged attacks in the city since then.
Thursday's blast is the second attack since a new president was sworn in last week.
Since the overthrow of President Siad Barre in 1991, Somalia has seen clan-based warlords, Islamist militants and its neighbours all battling for control.

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