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Mourners transported coffins atop cars Wednesday to funerals for those who perished in al-Shabab’s deadliest bomb attack in Somalia.

A truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of a building housing several government ministries along a busy street in the war-ravaged capital.

The attack came more than a month after most al-Shabab fighters melted away from Mogadishu amid a pro-government offensive, and showed that the insurgents remain a severe threat.

Al-Shabab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage identified the suicide bomber as Somali student Bashar Abdullahi Nur. He said the attack was a warning to those who thought the group had left Mogadishu for good in August.

“We wish to inform the Muslim people that the campaign against infidels will be back-to-back and by God’s grace will increase day by day and will increase in the coming hours,” he said. “I will give a good tiding to the infidels: You will face big and broad blows.”


U.S. gives $121 million in food aid amid drought

ADDIS ABABA | A top U.S. aid official said the U.S. will donate more than $121 million to Ethiopia to fight food insecurity amid a drought in the East African nation.

Raj Shah, director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), said Tuesday during a visit to Ethiopia’s capital that the U.S. will provide $110 million to a program that will benefit 1.5 million people.

He said another $10 million will be spent on a nutrition program and $1.2 million given in loans to encourage farmers.

More than 4.5 million Ethiopians need food assistance.

East Africa’s drought has developed into a famine in neighboring Somalia. The U.N. says 750,000 people are in danger of dying over the next few months. The U.N. estimates tens of thousands have died already.


President seeks third term despite unrest

DAKAR | A spokesman for Senegal’s president said he will seek a third term despite unrest and calls for his resignation.

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