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Vol 52 No 20

Published 7th October 2011


Al Shabaab sets the agenda

Little appears to connect the UN-brokered road map for political reconciliation with the ambitions of Al Shabaab or Western strategists

The suicide bombing by Al Haraka al Shabaab al Mujahideen on 4 October killed over 70 people and injured hundreds more. This was the jihadists’ response to increasing drone attacks and their reminder that they remain a potent force. The bomb in the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) compound hosting the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs killed mainly teenagers who were there, with their families, to take an examination for scholarships in Turkey.

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