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Somalia: Two Policemen Killed In Roadside Blast In Mogadishu

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Two Policemen Killed In Roadside Blast In Mogadishu

Two policemen were killed in a bomb blast on Wednesday at a roadside in Somalia`s capital, Mogadishu. A witness at the scene says two civilians were also injured.

This comes days after an explosion shook parts of Mogadishu early on Saturday where a suicide car bomber drove into a checkpoint just outside the port.

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Gunfire was heard as the ground was shaken by the blast shook the ground. A nurse, at the city’s Madina hospital, said at least five persons injured in the blast were brought in for treatment.

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Security forces later surrounded the area. Somalia has been mired in conflict since 1991, when clan warlords overthrew dictator Siad Barre and then turned on each other.

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The Islamist militant group Al Shabaab has been fighting to overthrow the central government since 2008 to establish its own rule based on interpretation of Islamic sharia law.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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