Eight die in African terror blasts

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Eight peo­ple have died in three sep­a­rate ex­plo­sions over the past two days in Egypt, So­ma­lia and Nige­ria.

A bomb ex­ploded near the Ital­ian con­sulate in Cairo yesterday morn­ing, killing one man and par­tially de­stroy­ing the wall of the build­ing, re­ported TV news chan­nel Al Jazeera.

Egyp­tian news agency Mena said the blast was caused by a car bomb. Four other peo­ple, two of them po­lice of­fi­cers, were rushed to nearby hos­pi­tals af­ter sus­tain­ing se­ri­ous in­juries.

Af­ter the blast, Italy’s for­eign min­is­ter, Paolo Gen­tiloni, tweeted that no Ital­ians were killed or in­jured. “Italy will not be in­tim­i­dated,” he tweeted. No one has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the blast, which wit­nesses said shook a num­ber of build­ings in Cairo’s cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict.

Two weeks ago, Egypt’s top pros­e­cu­tor, Hisham Barakat, was killed af­ter a bomb ripped through his mo­tor­cade. Six body­guards, two driv­ers and a pedes­trian were wounded in the blast. The at­tack fol­lowed a threat by the Is­lamic State against Egypt’s ju­di­ciary a few days be­fore for sen­tenc­ing to death the leader of the Mus­lim Brother­hood, Mo­hamed Morsi.

Also yesterday morn­ing, a sui­cide bomber driv­ing a three-wheeled ve­hi­cle re­port­edly det­o­nated a bomb near the of­fice of state se­cu­rity in Nige­ria’s north­east­ern city of Maiduguri, killing one per­son and in­jur­ing four oth­ers, Reuters re­ported.

Maiduguri, the cap­i­tal of Borno State, is the base for Is­lamic mil­i­tant group Boko Haram.

The city is also Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s com­mand cen­tre for the of­fen­sive against the ter­ror­ist group.

Al Jazeera also re­ported that, on Fri­day in So­ma­lia, po­lice spokesper­son Mo­hamed Aden con­firmed that alShabaab mil­i­tants had at­tacked the We­he­liye Ho­tel in down­town Mo­gadishu.

He told news agen­cies the ho­tel was fre­quented by politi­cians and gov­ern­ment bu­reau­crats.

Another po­lice of­fi­cial, Ahmed Hus­sein, said another at­tack was con­ducted near the Siad Ho­tel, not far from the pres­i­den­tial res­i­dence.

Six peo­ple were con­firmed dead af­ter ex­chang­ing gun­fire with se­cu­rity of­fi­cials.

Gov­ern­ment se­cu­rity of­fi­cial Mo­hamed Gu­gad said: “The ter­ror­ists were killed … we have con­firmed three civil­ians dead at We­he­liye Ho­tel and the at­tack­ers were killed too.”

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