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Daily Nation : February 28th 2014
28 | Africa News DAILY NATION Friday February 28, 2014 MASSIVE | Blast a week after major attack Car bomb kills 12 in Somali capital Soldiers fired into the air after blast to keep crowds back, as civilians rushed in to pick up the wounded MOGADISHU, Thursday A suicide car bomb exploded in the Somali capital, Mogadishu today killing at least 12 people and wounding eight others near the security service headquarters. The bomber targeted a security vehicle. Three members of the security forces were among the dead, witnesses said. “A suicide car bomb targeted a na- tional security car passing along these tea shops,” police official Abdullahi Hassan said. He added that several civilians had been killed. There has been an increase in vio- lence in Mogadishu in recent weeks, including night-time mortar raids and daytime clashes between the security forces and al-Shabab. Al-Shabab was driven out of Mogad- We carried ut the ombing gainst fficers of the national security,’’ Al-Shabaab spokesman Abdiaziz Abu Musab ishu in 2011 but it still controls many smaller towns and rural areas of the country. “We carried out the bombing against officers of the national security,” AlShabaab spokesman Abdiaziz Abu Musab told AFP, boasting of having killed 11 people, including senior officers. Some witnesses suggested the blast had been detonated by a suicide bomber driving the car, which they said swerved into the cafe reportedly popular with security officials, near the city’s Lido beach. Soldiers fired into the air after the blast to keep crowds back, as some civilians rushed in to pick up the wounded using sheets as makeshift stretchers, said an AFP photographer at the scene. Ambulances later arrived to pick up the wounded. The blast comes just a week after Parts of Accra to be without water supply BY FRANCIS KOKUTSE NATION Correspondent ACCRA, Thursday Most parts of the capital, Accra, especially the east of the city are to be without water for the next four days, following the shut-down of the main Water Treatment Plant at Kpong, some 82 kilometres east of Accra, a statement by the Ghana Water Company has said. Even with the plant working, water supply is erratic because the GWC is not able to meet demands. President John Dramani Ma- hama told lawmakers this week that, total water production from the Kpong Plant and a second major treatment plant at Weija, west of Accra stands at only 93 million gallons per day. This leaves a shortfall of 57 million gallons. PHOTO | AFP People carry a woman wounded after a car bomb exploded in the Somali capital Mogadishu yesterday. Al-Shabaab militants carried out a major attack against the heavily fortified presidential palace, killing officials and guards in heavy gun battles. After that attack, on one of the best- defended locations in the war-torn country, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud branded the Shebab “a marginal group on the brink of extinction” and vowed Somalia’s army and the African Union’s AMISOM force would “eliminate” them. Today’s attack follows a string of bombings in and around Mogadishu, with night-time mortar rounds fired into the vast, heavily guarded airport complex.(BBC, AFP) Senegal withdraws arrest warrant against top rebel BY TAMBA MATTHEW NATION Correspondent DAKAR, Thursday Senegalese authorities have withdrawn an international warrant of arrest against the leader the country’s southern separatist movement, sources said yesterday. Foreign ministry sources said the decision was taken in Rome where the two delegations are holding talks under the aegies of the Saint Egidio Community that is mediating in the conflict. Salif Sadio, the leader of the armed rebel ‘Mouvement des forces démocratiques de la Casamance’ or Mfdc could now roam around freely but provided he desists from engaging in dissident activities, sources said. The two delegations at the Rome talks welcomed the decision to withdraw the warrant describing it as a “confidence measure” that will go a long way in resolving the 30 year-old conflict. Armed wing The measure also con- cerns scores of Mr Sadio’s colleagues of the armed wing of the dreaded Mfdc called ‘Atika’. Mr Sadio and his col- leagues in arms have not been seen in public for years except when it is rumoured that they often seen in neighbouring Gambia and Guinea Bissau which are alleged to be the safe haven of the separatist combatants.
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