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Former Somali lawmaker says he knows hotel suicide bomber

MOGADISHU — Former Somali Member of Parliament Salat Ali Jelle said Saturday he personally knew a woman suicide bomber who attacked Central Hotel in Mogadishu on Friday. Jelle said Somali-Dutch Lul Ahmed blew herself up, killing more than 25 people including two lawmakers, and wounding over 45 others. Ahmed was his favorite receptionist at the hotel, and has not occurred ...

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President Hassan condemns Mogadishu terrorist attack

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has strongly condemned the brutal terrorist attack at a hotel in Mogadishu, where government officials and civilians have been residing. “I am very sorry and shocked that terrorist groups have once again targeted innocent Muslim people, who were performing their Juma prayers at Central Hotel in Mogadishu. I ...

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Suicide attack targets Somali officials in hotel, kills 10 people

(Reuters) – Islamist rebels detonated a car bomb at the entrance of a hotel in the Somali capital on Friday and then stormed inside where politicians had gathered, killing at least 10 people including a lawmaker and lightly wounding two ministers. Al Shabaab, which claimed responsibility for the attack, aims to topple the Western-backed federal government and impose its strict ...

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Minnesota man charged with conspiring to support Islamic State

Minneapolis: A Minnesota man pulled off an airplane bound for Turkey last year has been indicted on charges of conspiring to support Islamic State and lying to federal agents investigating recruitment by militant groups, prosecutors said on Thursday. Hamza Ahmed, 19, and three other young Minnesota men were stopped from taking international flights from New York on Nov. 8 after ...

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Somalis panic as cash flow dries up after U.S. remittance lifeline cut

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Somali families are panicking and businesses are running short of funds two weeks after the last major U.S. bank stopped transferring money to the fragile Horn of Africa country, development groups said. Somalia has no formal banking system due to decades of war, so Somalis living abroad use money transfer companies to send some $1.3 ...

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Their goal is to make Minnesota youths deaf to Islamic State’s call

The deeply moving discussion took place a while back during a meeting at Karmel Square, the oldest Somali shopping mall in Minneapolis. There, she bared her soul about her cousin, one of 15 men and one woman federal counterterrorism officials believe headed to Syria in recent months to join the Islamic State, the terrorist group. U.S. intelligence officials estimate they ...

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US bank shuts down informal remittances to Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia A man raises his cane in anger outside Somalia’s largest money transfer company. He is furious that the Merchants Bank of California has announced it will shut down accounts for informal money-remittance services in Somalia that have been a lifeline to many Somalis who receive money from families abroad. “If they close the hawala (Somali for money transfer ...

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