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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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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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