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276 people killed in twin blasts in Mogadishu

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MOGADISHU — Twin suicide bombings struck the heart of Somalia’s capital over the weekend, has risen to 276 with about 300 others injured, making it the deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation, officials said.

An explosive-filled truck detonated on a crowded street in Mogadishu Saturday, destroying several buildings and setting nearby cars ablaze. A short time later, a second car bomb exploded in the nearby Medina district, authorities said.

Somalia’s government has blamed the truck bombing on the al-aeda-affiliated al-Shabab Islamist extremist group. The group has yet to claim responsibility but has carried out dozens of suicide bombings in its attempt to overthrow Somalia’s current government.

“They don’t care about the lives of Somali people, mothers, fathers and children,” Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire said of the attackers. “They have targeted the most populated area in Mogadishu, killing only civilians.”

Information Minister Abdirahman Osman, who revealed the updated death toll, described the attack as “barbaric”.

The attacks shattered hopes of recovery in an impoverished country left fragile by decades of conflict, and it again raised doubts over the government’s ability to secure the seaside city of more than 2 million people.

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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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