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Al Shabaab claims responsibility for Djibouti suicide attack

Djibouti-Police-21a_1(Reuters) - Somali rebel group al Shabaab was behind the restaurant attack in Djibouti by two suicide bombers over the weekend that killed a Turkish national and wounded several Western soldiers, the militants said on Tuesday.
In the first attack of its kind in the tiny Horn-of-Africa state, a man and a woman blew themselves up at the restaurant on Saturday evening when it was filled with Western military personnel.
Djibouti, which hosts military bases for France and the United States, contributes troops to the African Union mission (AMISOM) trying to stabilise neighbouring Somalia to the south.
 

Three Spanish Air Force members injured in Djibouti restaurant grenade attack

toIA VIOLENT attack on a restaurant in Djibouti has left three dead and 15 injured, including three Spanish soldiers.

The La Chaumière eatery in Djibouti City, the capital, was pelted with grenades and it is thought that three members of staff perished instantly, although this is not official.

All the injured Spaniards are members of the Air Force, two of whom are captains and one a sergeant on the Destacamento Orión.hotoI

They were due to be flown home to Spain last night (Sunday) and taken to the Gómez Ulla military hospital in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid).

Sergeant Manuel María Copano Lorenzana has suffered shrapnel wounds and is in a serious but stable condition in the French military hospital General Bouffard, whilst captains Manuel López Veiga and José Miguel Mateos Hernández have suffered wounds that are not said to be life-threatening.

All other Spanish soldiers based in the Horn of Africa country have been traced and are safe and well, assures foreign affairs minister José Manuel García Margallo.

Although initially thought to be the work of the radical Islamic cell Al-Shabab, as yet no terrorist organisation has owned up to the assault and there are no clear motives behind it.

It is rumoured to have been a suicide attack by Somali extremists, as a man and woman, both in Islamic veils, were thought to have been seen throwing the grenades.

This is the first attack of its nature in a Red Sea nation.

La Chaumière is said to be frequented by westerners, mostly French and US soldiers from the military base which supports the African Union, a force spread out across the continent and particularly in Somalia and other Horn of Africa countries to combat Al-Shabab extremists.

It was full of customers, mostly foreign soldiers, when the attack happened at 20.00hrs local time (19.00hrs mainland Spain time), but police cordoned off the area immediately.Djibouti, a small coastal nation opposite Yemen, is a former colony of France and sits just north of Somalia.

 

Two blasts heard in Djibouti, cause unknown - witness

breakingnews(Reuters) - Two loud blasts struck a busy cafe in downtown Djibouti frequented by Westerners on Saturday and at least 10 people were wounded, a Reuters witness said.

Police had cordoned off the scene. It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts. The witness said he saw at least 10 people sitting near the area of the cafe, with bloody wounds.

 
 

Borama Henley Friendship Committee

boramahenleyTHE association is arranging an exhibition called Borama Comes to Henley at the Old Fire Station Gallery from June 5 to 10. 
This is a follow-up to last year’s visit by Somaliland’s second lady and to show the people of Henley how Borama lives and to display some artefacts. 
We seek to stimulate interest and to attract new members for the association. 
Meanwhile, there has been a gratifying breakthrough in getting aid to 40 veterans (75 per cent with 1939/45 war service) who live in and around Borama. They all require eye surgery for cataracts. 
Henley has had a friendship link with Borama since 1982. Communication has been somewhat sporadic at times but recently the new Mayor of Borama appointed Hassan Ahmed Ainan, a councillor, to be responsible for the welfare of the veterans, all of whom had served with the Somaliland Scouts Regiment. 
 

Robert Fulford: The villainization of Ayaan Hirsi Ali

AYAAN_HIRSIIn the early stages of the controversy over Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s cancelled honorary degree from Brandeis University, she looked like the victim. A survivor of Muslim oppression in her native Somalia, she’s an angry, influential critic of Islam. When Brandeis announced plans to honour her, students and Muslim organizations objected so passionately that the university cancelled her invitation.
Much of the commentary treated this decision as unfair, a case of a frightened university surrendering to political correctness. As Ruth Wisse, a distinguished Harvard professor, wrote in The Wall Street Journal, “In Nigeria, Islamists think nothing of seizing hundreds of schoolgirls for the crime of aspiring to an education. Here in the United States, the educated class thinks nothing of denying an honorary degree to a fearless Muslim woman who at peril of her life, and in the name of liberal democracy, has insisted on exposing such outrages to the light.”
But lately, much of the discussion has turned against Hirsi Ali. She now stands accused of a crime against multiculturalism: She has failed to be moderate. She has overstated her case, possibly even made a mistake or two. She once called Islam “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death.” She believes democracy and Islam are at war. No doubt about it, she’s not afraid to be harsh.
 
 

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