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Suicide Bomber Kills 8 in Somali Capital

Somalis carry a wounded man away on a stretcher after the blast at the Somali National Theater in Mogadishu, Somalia, April 4, 2012.
Somalis carry a wounded man away on a stretcher after the blast at the Somali National Theater in Mogadishu, Somalia, April 4, 2012.

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A suicide bomb attack on the newly reopened Somali National Theater in Mogadishu has killed at least eight people, including two top sports officials. The Islamist militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

VOA was on the scene when the explosion occured:

Witnesses said a female suicide bomber blew herself up inside the theater Wednesday as Prime Minister Abdiwelli Mohammed Ali began addressing the audience.

He and other top officials in the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) were participating in a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the Somali national television station.

The heads of Somali Olympic committee, Aden Yabarow Wiish, and the Somali football federation, Said Mohamed Nur, were killed in the attack. Several ministers and journalists were among those wounded.

Later, speaking on government-run Radio Mogadishu, Prime Minister Ali described the attack as a cowardly act. He said "whatever has happened today will not stop the government from achieving its goal of bringing peace and stability to the country."

He said it is normal that international terrorists and al-Shabab come back and kill innocent people whenever they are defeated in the battlefield.  As a government, he said "we will fight with them until we finish them."

Al-Shabab said it had planted explosives at the theater, and denied that a female suicide bomber had been deployed.

The attack came just as life appeared to be getting back to normal in the Somali capital, after African Union forces drove al-Shabab militants from the city last year.

But the al-Qaida-linked group has claimed responsibility for some isolated attacks in the capital, including a suicide bombing outside the presidential palace last month that killed four people.

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by: Gab to Mahamed
April 05, 2012 5:25 AM
"Behind this bad action is Israel and America"? What is your specific source for this factual information. Reputable journalists from around the world cover these stories on a daily basis. Tell us which websites that you picked up this confirmed information. I will try to keep an open mind.

by: Mahamed
April 04, 2012 8:55 PM
Behind of these Bad are action are Israel and America , Because Muslim People can not do these action , although is not good to inter theater if you are Muslim person , but is it is good to solve the error thing in suicide action but is good to solve for mobilizing people telling them the prohibition of the action that they are doing .

by: Tom
April 04, 2012 10:54 AM
Also let's watch and see if Muslim Imams around the globe move their congregations to action;kind of like what happened after the cartoons.Only when that happens will the true nature of Islam be seen.Silence speaks volumes .I don't get why in the past they don't defend the values they hold dear that extremist exploit.

by: Gab to Tom
April 04, 2012 9:40 AM
You are right about Israel and you are right that most people, in general, are good. But political Islam has got to go. I gave you the short list down below. You cannot name a Country where political Islam is working out or benefits any one but repressive regimes.

by: kyle neal
April 04, 2012 8:41 AM
What kind person does that to inoccent people

by: Tom
April 04, 2012 8:39 AM
The "progressives" in the US continue to be silent and blame Israel for all the world's problems. Mossad must have been behind this too! Israel has made many mistakes but when will people face the facts? When will the lefties speak out against Muslim violence? Most Muslim people are wonderful and peaceful people but just watch and see if lefties rise up and denounce this horrific act. Oh, I get it .If only Israel made peace none of this would happen.

by: Saddened
April 04, 2012 7:36 AM
No matter how much they fortify TFG, no matter how many more African troops are poured in the streets of Mogadishu, the ultimate say is decided on the ground. This killing spree will only increase as time goes by, this is the tip of the iceberg as far as more conflicts are considered. The two parties are locked in, the difference is funding, one party is funded by US taxpayers, while the other party is doing it out of its own volution, who do you think wins? paid soldiers or freedom fighters?

by: Paul McNab
April 04, 2012 6:26 AM
and so the madness begins! God help us all as the Olympic Games draw closer...I really do fear this is just the start of a decent into the hell of terrorism.

by: Franky
April 04, 2012 5:58 AM
What kind of freaky bozo does cra[ like that???

by: Tommy Kavanaugh
April 04, 2012 5:57 AM
It's gonna sound cold, but so what? Why should we care if Somalis are blowing themselves up or shooting each other? They have a bad history with the US and have for years, and they continue to call negative attention to themselves with Piracy and whatnot, so again... Why Should We Care? I personally, could care less.
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