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Somalia encourages Pakistani businessmen to instigate joint business projects

LAHORE: Embassy of Somalia Deputy Commercial Attaché Abdifitah Abdul Kadir Osman has encouraged Pakistani businessmen to initiate into joint business ventures with their corresponding companies related to pharmaceutical and different sectors. He highlighted on the invitation while talking to Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Vice President Fahimur Rehman Saigal, mainly he emphasized on making visa procedure uncomplicated and business friendly, as Pakistan and Somalia can benefit from very sturdy historical…

Suicide car bombers kill at least 17 in Somalia

MOGADISHU: Suicide attackers set off two car bombs at a hotel near the headquarters of Somalia’s Criminal Investigations Department in Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least 17 people, police said. Guards at Hotel Sahafi and CID officers opened fire after the blasts, police added. Then, about 20 minutes later, a third explosion hit the busy street, witnesses said. “So far we have confirmed 17 civilians dead. They were traveling in public vehicles at the scene when the blasts and gunfire occurred. The death toll is sure…

Two car bombs explode in Somali capital, one dies

MOGADISHU: One person died and another was injured in two car bombs that exploded in the heart of the Somali capital on Saturday and the militant group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks. The bombs detonated in two different cars near a main road in the center of the city. Al Shabaab frequently carries out bombings in Mogadishu and other parts of the Horn of Africa country. “Two people were injured in the two car bombs. One of them died of the wounds,” said Major Mohamed Hussein, a police officer Al…

Death toll from Somalia blasts rises to 45: government official

MOGADISHU: The death toll from twin car bomb blasts in the Somali capital late on Friday has risen to 45 from the initially reported 18, a senior government official said on Saturday. Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the attack near the president’s residence and a hotel close by. “The death toll from last night’s blasts has risen to 45, and 36 others were injured,” the official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters. Separately, a police officer said he was sure of 36 deaths. “At…

Death sentence for man convicted of Somalia’s deadliest bombing

MOGADISHU: A Somali military court on Tuesday sentenced a man to death after finding him guilty of carrying out an October truck bombing that killed over 500 people, the deadliest attack in the nation's history. Colonel Hassan Ali Shute found 23-year-old Hassan Adan Isaq guilty of heading the Al-Shabaab terrorist cell behind the October 14 terror attack. He also sentenced a second man to life in prison in absentia for being a member of the Al-Qaeda aligned group and procuring the vehicle used in the attack, while a…

Report finds 512 died in deadliest Somalia bombing

MOGADISHU: As many as 512 died in an October truck bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu, an emergency committee investigating the terrorist atrocity has found. An earlier death toll of 358 already made the October 14 bombing the deadliest terrorist attack in Somalia's history. No group claimed responsibility, but the Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab militant group has been blamed. "The overall number of people we have recorded involved in the casualty are 869 persons: 512 are dead, 295 wounded and about 70 others are not yet…

Bombs kill at least 17 people in Somali capital Mogadishu

MOGADISHU: Two car bombs killed at least 17 people in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday, police said, two weeks after a huge truck bomb killed hundreds of civilians in the city. Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks on Saturday. A suicide car bomb was rammed into a hotel, Nasahablod Two, about 600 meters from the presidential palace, and then armed militants stormed the building, police said. A few minutes later, a car bomb exploded near the former parliament house nearby. Ali Nur, a…

‘Many bodies’ as two car bombs explode in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU: A car packed with explosives blew up outside a hotel in Mogadishu on Saturday as a minibus also exploded at a nearby junction, with the emergency services reporting "many dead bodies". Witnesses reported hearing gunfire and said the entire area around the Nasa Hablod hotel was sealed off by security forces to keep people away. "A car loaded with explosives went off at the entrance of Nasa Hablod Hotel and there is gunfire," police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP, saying it looked like a coordinated attack.…