Suicide bomber attacks Somali hotel, killing 32

Somali government forces walk outside the Muna Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday Aug, 24, 2010. A suicide bomber and a gunman stormed the hotel in Somalia's capital on Tuesday, killing more than 30 people, including members of parliament, a military spokesman said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)Somali government forces walk outside the Muna Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday Aug, 24, 2010. A suicide bomber and a gunman stormed the hotel in Somalia’s capital on Tuesday, killing more than 30 people, including members of parliament, a military spokesman said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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Militant veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are believed to be helping train members of al-Shabab, which has pledged allegiance to al Qaeda.

Somalia has not had an effective government for 19 years. Islamic insurgents led by al-Shabab have been trying to topple the government from Mogadishu since January 2007. The AU force has ensured the government stays because the force’s mandate is to protect key government officials and installations such as the air and sea port in Mogadishu.

Associated Press writer Malkhadir M. Muhumed contributed from Nairobi, Kenya.

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