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New Somali president faces al Shabaab threat

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 01:00

Sept. 21 - As a Mogadishu hospital treats those wounded in an al Shabaab suicide bombing on Thursday, the group has shown that it can still hit the Somali capital hard despite the presence of peacekeeping forces. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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A small hospital in Mogadishu where more than a dozen are being treated after a suicide bombing in the Somali capital. 15 were killed in the bloody blast at a local restaurant. The attack came a week after a suicide bomb outside a hotel where President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was holding a news conference, just two days into the job. The election of President Mohamud last week was hailed by his supporters as a vote for change in a country mired in conflict for more than two decades. These attacks underscore the security challenges faced by the political newcomer as African forces battle to quash a five-year insurgency waged by al Shabaab. The militia group has shown it can still regroup and easily infiltrate government-controlled areas, and that there remain disenchanted, radicalised Somalis ready to strap on explosive belts.

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New Somali president faces al Shabaab threat

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 01:00