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Somali: 5 soldiers dead as Al Shabaab suicide bomber disguised in military attire

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Security sources in Somalia have confirmed that a suicide bomber disguised in military uniform blew himself up on Monday morning. The attack led to the death of 5 soldiers, injuring 15 others in a military training camp in the capital, Mogadishu.

Reports says  that Al Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Reports about the death of a government worker on Monday in Mogadishu, after a bomb was planted in his car. “The car bomb killed a junior government worker,” Abdifatah Omar Halane, the spokesman for Mogadishu’s mayor, said.

President Mohammed Farmajo last week declared war with Al Shabaab. The militants have since then stepped up attacks in Mogadishu to challenge the government. The president, on assumption of office, promised a $100,000 prize for information on planned bomb attacks.

On Sunday, a car bomb exploded outside a military base in Mogadishu, killing an estimated 15 people, a military official confirmed. Reports noted that the death toll could rise as a minibus carrying passengers was destroyed in the blast.

“At least 15 people mostly civilians died in the blast,” Major Hussein Nur, a military official said. “We do not know the exact figure of casualties. All the people on board the ruined minibus perished. Soldiers and other private security guards also died,” he added.

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Ghana: video of police assault on nursing mother goes viral

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Ghana’s social media space – Facebook and Twitter – has been buzzing with a call for the arrest of a police officer for assaulting a nursing mother.

A viral video shows the said officer in what starts like a tussle with the woman in a banking hall. Subsequently, he is seen hitting the woman with an umbrella, punching and slapping her on the face.

Reports indicated that the woman, a client of the savings and loans company, where the incident occured had arrived when the company had closed.

She ostensibly got in despite the close of business and refused to leave till she could withdraw a sum of 250 cedis ($50). Social media users are calling for the immediate arrest of the police officer. 

Local media portals also report that the police heirachy has confirmed that a probe had been opened into the alleged incident and that due process was going to be pursued.

The video continues to be widely shared on Facebook with some prominent media personalities joining the calls for justice for the woman.

 

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Trump extends Somali immigrants’ stay in US

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Somalis living in the United States under protected status have been given permission by the Trump administration to remain in the country for at least another 18 months, because of ongoing violence in the North African nation.

At least 500 Somalis in the United States with Temporary Protected Status will be able to re-register for an extension of their status through March 17, 2020, according to a Thursday statement from the Department of Homeland Security. The status grants beneficiaries the ability to legally work while they are in the United States.

 

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