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Islamist Militant Assault Kills 22 in Somali Capital

Somali policemen take up position near the scene of a deadly blast in Mogadishu Apr. 14, 2013.
Somali policemen take up position near the scene of a deadly blast in Mogadishu Apr. 14, 2013.
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Somali authorities say suicide bombings and assaults by al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants on Mogadishu's main court complex killed at least 22 people and wounded 18 others Sunday, breaking a fragile return to peace.
 
The preliminary death toll, which includes all nine attackers, is likely to rise because some families took the bodies of their loved ones home instead of to the hospital.
 
Mogadishu medical officials tell VOA ((Somali service)) the two top lawyers who recently defended an alleged rape victim and the journalist who interviewed her are among the victims.
 
Authorities say the militants were dressed in Somali military uniforms when they stormed the main court building and started shooting at the security guards on duty.  
 
Government forces arrived and laid siege to the compound. Explosions could be heard while the two sides exchanged gunfire.  Hours later, a car bomb exploded near the airport in the capital, damaging a vehicle said to be carrying Turkish citizens.
 
Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack on the court complex.
 
Somali President Hassan Mohamud strongly condemned Sunday's attacks, saying that "a few desperate terrorists" will not keep Somalia from moving forward toward peace and stability.
 
British Foreign Secretary William Hague also condemned the attacks and called for the "terrorists" who carried them out to face justice.
 
The U.N. Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, expressed shock and outrage at the violence. 

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by: Mohamed Addel Yhosuf from: Somalia
April 15, 2013 5:05 AM
For all of the worled my name is Mohamed Addel Yhosuf if you agree let share my idia can we leave the colonization border issue and unite Africa for better safe of children and we Somalia peoples why we can make solution for ourselves how can we make a better stability and safe country in turn Africa can we save our children I think we con not solve our problem I don’t know why the Somalia people have unite to fight the terrorist activity in side Somalia I hope we have a mined and we can survived our country like other brother African country otherwise let make unit with our Ethiopian Brother as a constitution can ask clearly make as one regional state and come our brother Ethiopian Army and solve our problem by helping of :Alha : otherwise we have governed out government for so long time and know we have to say engphe and come to our Kush tic tribe and make broken the British colonized land mark and come to unite with Ethiopia otherwise as we heard from our father and brother coonfederationalisim is not a bad thing we can make it let make suitable land for our children and women mother this is my opinion what do you side?

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