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Belgium launches twin investigations into knife attack

BRUSSELS: Belgian authorities on Saturday launched twin investigations into a knife attack they consider to be an act of terrorism and released more details of the suspect shot dead by soldiers in central Brussels. Federal prosecutors said that they had requested an investigating judge look into the incident on Friday that they said constituted attempted murder. A second investigation would look at the soldiers’ response. The man shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) as he stabbed the soldiers, one of whom shot him…

Somali pirates hijack Pakistani ship

MOGADISHU: Somali pirates have hijacked a Pakistani cargo vessel off the coast of Central Somalia a day after they had seized an Indian commercial vessel Al Kausar. A Pakistani-owned cargo vessel carrying food was hijacked off the coast of central Somalia, said the New York Times report. The number of crew on the ship named  MV Salama 1  remains unknown. The  MV Salama 1  hijacking was the fourth piracy attack in three weeks. All of the recent attacks, including a hijacked oil tanker last month, are believed to have…

Somali pirates seize Indian ship, 11 crew members: owner

MOGADISHU: Somali pirates have seized an Indian cargo ship and 11 crew members, the ship's owner said Monday, as a recent series of hijackings raises fears of a resurgence in piracy. The "Al Kausar" is the third vessel to be hijacked in less than a month off the coast of Somalia as experts warn that ships have lowered their guard in the five years since the height of the piracy crisis. The Indian cargo ship was carrying items such as wheat and sugar from Dubai via Yemen to Somalia's Bossaso port when it came under…

Somali presidential compound attacked, president safe

Up to five members of the al Shabaab Islamist group, which claimed responsibility, were killed, Interior Minister Abdullahi Godah Barre told Reuters. Three militants were confirmed dead, and one or two more were believed to have died in the car blast. The assault was the most dramatic in a string of attacks in the capital Mogadishu by al Shabaab since it launched a campaign during the current Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. But President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was not there at the time as he was at another location…