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Truck bomb explodes at Ethiopian base

MOGADISHU | A truck bomb targeted an Ethiopian military base inside Somalia on Tuesday, and Islamist militants claimed responsibility for the attack.

An al-Shabab spokesman said the group carried out a successful martyrdom operation against what it called “Ethiopian invaders” in the western Somali town of Beledweyne.

The militant group claimed that the blast killed a high number of Ethiopian troops, but there was no confirmation of a death toll from officials.

The number of dead or injured from Tuesday morning’s bombing may never be known. The Ethiopian military rarely discloses such figures.

Al-Shabab on its Twitter feed claimed that 33 Ethiopian troops were killed in the attack.

Large numbers of Ethiopians entered Somalia last month to help the weak U.N.-backed government defeat al Qaeda-linked insurgents. Beledweyne is near the two countries’ joint border.

Meanwhile, in the capital, the U.N.’s special representative to Somalia moved his office to Mogadishu for the first time since 1995.


Youths overrun bombed-out police station

KANO | Jubilant youths overran a blood-splattered police station Wednesday after it was attacked by a radical Islamist sect, revealing a streak of popular discontent with a government that many say has failed them in Africa’s most populous nation.

Suspected members of Boko Haram surrounded the police station Tuesday night in Kano, ordered civilians to get off the street, began chanting “God is great” and threw homemade bombs into the station while spraying it with assault rifles, witnesses said.

The attack followed coordinated assaults Friday that killed at least 185 people in Kano, Nigeria’s second-largest city.

Associated Press journalists on Wednesday saw that youths had overrun the bombed-out station in the Sheka neighborhood of this sprawling city in northern Nigeria.


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