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Al-Shaabab claims blast on Somalian restaurant where six died

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The Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for a blast on Friday night at a seaside restaurant in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, where six people were killed and several others wounded.

The Islamist terrorist group which has been on a renewed bombing offensive in Somalia, including a mortar attack on the parliament on Monday, said in a statement by its military operations spokesperson, Abdiasis Abu Musab, that they were targeting “security officers and politicians of the apostate government.”

However, Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Aamin Ambulance Service which coordinated rescue operations after the attack, those killed and injured were civilians.

“So far, we carried six dead civilians and seven others injured,” Abdirahman said.

The affected restaurant, the Pescatore Seafood Restaurant which opened recently in Lido Beach in the south of Mogadishu, is often frequented by security and government officials but it was not clear at the time of the attack if there were any top officials at the restaurant.

Al Shabaab frequently carries out bombings in Mogadishu and other cities in the war-torn country as part of its war against the Somalian country’s central government.

The group has been fighting for years to topple the central government and establish its own rule based on its strict interpretation of Islam’s sharia law.

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Five killed as opposition protesters clash with security agencies in Somaliland

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At least five persons were killed on Thursday as a demonstration by Somaliland opposition members protesting over fears of a delayed election, turned bloody as security forces tried to repel the demonstrators from destroying properties.

An opposition leader said the police opened fire on the demonstrators after accusing them of not following officers’ instructions.

Hundreds of people took part in the protests across the country after talks between the government and opposition failed and the opposition accused authorities of trying to delay the election.

President Muse Bihi Abdi who confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday, said the five were killed in the capital, Hargeisa, and the towns of Burao and Erigavo in the northern region that separates the breakaway country from Somalia.

Abdi also confirmed that almost 100 others were wounded, with most of them members of security forces.

The president however, blamed opposition groups for the unrest, reiterating that unauthorized protests would not be tolerated and dissidents would be crushed.

Main opposition leader, Abdirahman Mohamed Irro, said despite the killings, protests will continue until the presidential election is held on November 13 as pronounced by Abdi.

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Mali declares 3 days warning after deadliest terrorist attack

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Troubled West African country, Mali declared three days of national mourning following the deadliest recent attacks by Islamist militants.

In a recent ambush on Sunday , 42 soldiers were killed in the northern region of Gao. A statement by the army claimed jihadi extremists used drones, artillery and booby-trapped vehicles.

Armed groups affiliated with al-Qa’ida, have for some time attacked military bases in the West African country. They claimed responsibility for attacks on Mali’s main military base in an attack last month.

Terrorists also recently killed 15 soldiers and three civilians in two separate operations in southwest Mali.

Meanwhile, Mali on Thursday announced the delivery of aircrafts L-39 and Sukhoi-25 jets as well as Mi-24P helicopter gunships were displayed during a ceremony from Russia.

Mali under the current Junta of Colonel Goita has been on a thread of breaking diplomatic relations with allies. It started by breaking defence alliance with the French, the junta also quit the anti-jihadist force, G-5 force but has enjoyed good relationship with Russia.

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