Monday, May 25, 2009

Rebels claim Somali suicide bomb,Exclusive Photo

Somalia's Islamist militant group al-Shabab, accused of having links to al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in the capital. The group's political leader Sheik Husein Ali Fidow said a Somali teenager had carried out Sunday's attack, which killed six soldiers and a civilian. Meanwhile, Somalia's president has asked for international help to stop foreigners fighting with the militants. Some 60,000 people have fled the recent upsurge of fighting in Mogadishu. President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, a moderate Islamist elected by a unity government in January as part of a UN-backed peace initiative, said a government offensive against the insurgents would continue. ..more..