2 suicide car bombs near UN offices kill 13 in Somalia

United Nations office guards and Somalian soldiers carry the dead body of their colleague who was killed in a suicide car bomb outside the UN's office in Mogadishu on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Updated 26 July 2016

2 suicide car bombs near UN offices kill 13 in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia: Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden cars on Tuesday outside the offices of the UN’s mine clearing agency and a Somali army checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing 13 people, including seven guards, Somali police officials said.
The two blasts took place near the African Union base in the area of the Mogadishu airport, Somali police chief Gen. Mohamed Sheikh Hassan said at a press conference.
Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, Al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the bombings, according to the group’s Andalus radio station.
Unlike previous attacks by Al-Shabab, which is linked to Al-Qaeda, gunmen did not accompany the suicide bomber, said police Capt. Mohamed Hussein. The first suicide car bomber tried to speed through the barrier at the UN office but guards shot at the car, he said. The guards at the UN offices were from a private security firm, said a police official, who insisted on anonymity because he isn’t authorized to speak to the press.
A second suicide blast targeted a checkpoint manned by Somali security forces near the African Union base in Mogadishu, said Hussein. Casualties there remain unclear.
Al-Shabab is waging an insurgency against Somalia’s weak UN-backed government with the goal of establishing an Islamic emirate in Somalia, ruled by a strict form of Islam.
Earlier this month, eight soldiers were killed when an Al-Shabab suicide car bomber targeted a Somalia military training camp and attackers then entered the base on foot.
More than 22,000 troops and police serve in the African Union force, which also includes troops from Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia. Al-Shabab opposes the presence of foreign troops in Somalia and has launched attacks in countries that have contributed to the AU force. Although Al-Shabab was ousted from the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in 2011, it continues to wage a deadly guerrilla campaign that includes suicide bombings.


6 dead after man opens fire in Czech hospital waiting room

Updated 10 December 2019

6 dead after man opens fire in Czech hospital waiting room

  • The attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range
  • Police published a photo of the suspect, having withdrawn an earlier photo of a different man

PRAGUE: Six people were killed in a shooting in a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic Tuesday, the prime minister said. Police said the suspect is at large and described him as armed and dangerous.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech public television the shooting took place around 7 a.m. in a waiting room. The attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range, Babis said.

He said he was heading for the site, at the University hospital in the eastern city of Ostrava, 350 kilometers (220 miles) east of Prague.

Police said the man left in a silver-grey Renault Laguna car and called on the public not to try to stop him.

Police published a photo of the suspect, having withdrawn an earlier photo of a different man. They said that man was now considered to be a witness.

Video footage and pictures published by public radio showed police arresting a person at the site but that person did not appear to be the shooting suspect.

Officials say people have been evacuated from the clinic. Police are boosting security across the country.