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Mogadishu: Truck bomb explosions killed at least 70 people and injured 100 hundred in the south West Mogadishu on Tuesday, clear indication that insurgents have still the power and strength to strike back. An explosive-laden truck, exploded outside of a government compound in Mogadishu. The truck bomb went off in peak business hours killing at least 70 people most of them students who were waiting information about their scholarships to study in Turkey, and wounding   100, police officials said. The blast was so huge that it damaged the nearby government buildings, and blew up more than 20 cars in the area. Colonel Abduallahi Bariise, the head of Mogadishu CID, told media that the blast was carried out by a Kenyan National suicide bomber. He said the car was packed with about 100 kg of explosives.

The attacks came after a period of relative quite from the Shabab withdrawal from Capital Mogadishu. Shabab militants have suffered a series of setbacks, with some of their field commanders being killed in recent weeks. Militants have vowed to strike back with hit and run tactics and suicide bombing, after being ousted from their Mogadishu strongholds by the AU and government forces. Ibrahim Abu Muscab, a Shabab spokesman claimed responsibility for the today's attack. "The government was taking undue advantage of our silence a after the month of Ramadan. We will carry out more such attacks and these will be much more powerful than the earlier ones", said Ibrahim Abu muscab. "We have enough suicide bombers and they are asking me to let them sacrifice their lives in the name of Islam", he added. The latest strikes came two days after the TFG President Sharif said the AU and government forces are ready to stage attacks against Shabab positions in the northwest Of Mogadishu.   Early last week Twelve Shabab Militants were killed in a missile strike by a US drone aircraft near Kismayu of Lower Juba region. Somali forces have also made significant gains against the militants after they launched an offensive in Ethiopian and Kenyan border in late April.



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Profile of Mr. Mahdi Haile. Mahdi Haile was Born In Somalia and now lives in United States. He is an educated scholar and intellectual. he is an independent expert on Horn of Africa, a Somali blogger, he is Activist and human rights campaigner. As a (more...)

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