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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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Lightning strike kills woman in Saptari





RAJBIRAJ — A woman was killed when lightning struck her in the field at Bishnupur Rural Municipality-6 in Saptari district on Saturday evening.

The victim is 50-year-old Keshari Devi Yadav, wife of Shailendra Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said. She was struck by thunderbolt while picking up lentils in the field.

Another woman, Rinku Yadav who had gone together with Keshari to harvest lentil, has been injured in the incident. She is being treated at the Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zone Hospital at Rajbiraj.

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