Blasts near Somalia presidential palace leave 22 dead Dec 23, 2018 0 327 12345 dpaMogadishuSomali police say at least 22 people have been killed in attacks near the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu that have been claimed by the terrorist group al-Shabaab.More than 30 others were wounded in the bombings on Saturday morning, police officer Ahmed Bashane said.Among the dead were several police officers and civilians, as well as a prominent Somali journalist. Mohamed Abdullahi Tuulah, the deputy mayor of Mogadishu, survived but he said several of his bodyguards were killed. A Somali parliament member was wounded, Tuullah said.An explosives-laden vehicle blew up at a military checkpoint near the palace and the National Theatre around 9:30 am (0630 GMT), damaging nearby buildings and sending thick black smoke billowing into the sky.The suicide attacker detonated his explosives as security forces conducted a search of the vehicle, officer Ali Hassan Kulmiye said. The loud boom could heard across the city on what is a normal business day in Somalia. The blast was followed by another car bomb a short time later in the same area, which was already packed with police and medics. Video posted on social media showed bodies strewn across the street, some of them wearing police uniforms. Well-known reporter Awil Dahir Salad was killed in the attacks, according to the London-based Somali broadcaster he worked for, Universal Television.The al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabaab took responsibility for the attack on pro-insurgent radio station Andalus. Al-Shabaab is seeking to establish a fundamentalist state in Somalia. They routinely launch attacks on government buildings, hotels and restaurants in the volatile Horn of Africa nation. RELATED ARTICLES UN team arrives in Yemen to monitor Hodeidah truce Dec 23, 2018 0 284 Gaza buries its sons killed by Israeli fire at border protests Dec 23, 2018 0 347 Almost 300,000 Syrians have gone home, says Turkey Dec 23, 2018 0 294 Pompeo reassures Iraqi leader on campaign against Islamic State dpa Baghdad The United States is committed to continuing the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and elsewhere, Baghdad said Saturday after a phone call between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Iraqi Prime .. Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz passes away Riyadh: -Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz, a half brother of King Salman, died on Saturday at the age of 87, his billionaire son said. “Prince Talal was called by God on Saturday,” Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal wrote on .. UN resolution an ‘important step’, say Yemeni rebels Dubai: Yemeni rebels have welcomed a UN Security Council resolution authorising the deployment of ceasefire monitors to the flashpoint port city of Hodeidah, calling it an “important step”. Yemen’s Saudi-backed .. At least 17 dead as petrol tanker rams into minibus in Kenya Nairobi: At least 17 people were killed Friday when a petrol tanker collided with a stationary minibus in western Kenya, according to the St John Ambulance service. The minibus - known locally as a matatu - had stopped at .. Four women, boy dead in DR Congo landslide Bukavu: Four women and a child died when a landslide flattened their houses after heavy rain in Bukavu in eastern DR Congo, local sources said Saturday. “Five dead bodies have been found in Kadutu commune after a landslip .. Turkey announces probe into shipment of arms to Libya Tripoli: Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced during a visit to Libya Saturday an investigation into a shipment of arms smuggled from his country to the conflict-hit North African nation. Libyan ..