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Somalia Executes Two Men Accused of Killing Police Officers


The Somali government has publicly executed two men accused of killing police officers.

The execution is the government's first case of capital punishment since its formation in 2004.

Security officials say the men were blindfolded and then shot by a security squad.

In other news, the mayor of Mogadishu survived an assassination attempt Thursday when a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy.

Somali officials say no one was injured by the blast targeting Mayor Mohamed Dheere in the city's northern Shibis neighborhood.

The attack on the mayor comes a day after gunmen threw a grenade at the home of the country's justice minister, Hassan Dhimbil. Dhimbil was not home when the blast occurred.

Also Thursday, a representative from the European Union is in Somalia for talks with President Abdullahi Yusuf on security and humanitarian concerns.

On Wednesday, members of the dominant Hawiye clan have postponed a meeting of clan leaders because of disagreements among them.

The meeting, which was scheduled to begin today, was planned to harmonize Hawiye views before this month's National Reconciliation Conference.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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