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Topic - Abdirahman Omar Osman
European Union naval forces and attack helicopters conducted their first onshore raid on a suspected pirate lair in Somalia Tuesday. A pirate said the strike destroyed a supply center and set back their operations.
An explosion Wednesday at a ceremony at Somalia's national theater killed at least 10 people, including two top sports officials, in an attack by an Islamist group on a site that symbolized the city's attempt to rise from two decades of war.
While tens of thousands of its citizens were dying from famine, the U.N.-backed Somali government spent only $1 million on social services despite having $58 million in revenue, according to a report by a former Somali government official.
A suicide bomber and gunmen wearing military uniforms attacked a hotel near Somalia's presidential palace Monday, sparking a one-hour gunbattle with security forces. At least 32 people were killed, including six Somali parliamentarians.
Somali government spokesman, Abdirahman Omar Osman, argues that Mogadishu is now safer than Baghdad or Kabul.
"Mogadishu is no longer the world's most dangerous city. It's on the peace path now," he said. "We are working on making it safe for foreigners to work here as well."