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Somalia bomb attack targets president Abdullahi Yusuf. The attack undermines a UN-mediated cease-fire signed last week between the government and opposition groups as the country's humanitarian crisis worsens. The Somali bomb attack was set up by the Al-Shabaab terror group linked to Al-Qaida, this is the same group that runs the website that can bee seen translated at the following website, this website promotes terrorism in Somalia, seeks recruits for jihad and is a source for receiving financing for the group and is hosted by the Dotster web company in Vancouver Washington USA. Visitors...Estimated number of visits for 5,037 visits per day

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR. By Jonathan Adams posted June 19, 2008 Somalia's president was targeted Wednesday in a bomb attack that killed two policemen, as violence continued in the capital of Mogadishu despite a peace accord inked last week. The timing of the attack highlights the concerns of United Nations officials that continuing political instability is exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Somalia. The June 9 accord aimed to put an end to fighting between the United States-backed Somali government and its Ethiopian allies, and a coalition of Islamic opposition groups. But some hard-line Islamic militants have refused to lay down their arms. The BBC reported that the bomb blast occurred in Mogadishu moments after a convoy carrying Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf had passed by. The attack followed fierce fighting in Mogadishu on Tuesday that left at least seven dead. (AL-SHABAAB TERRORISTS BEHIND ATTACKS)

Tuesday's fighting started when insurgents attacked government soldiers and Ethiopian troops who were searching for weapons in houses in the Hurwa and Karan districts of the capital. Fourteen people were wounded in the fighting that continued until midnight. Ethiopian troops have been in Somalia for 18 months since helping the government oust the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) that ruled much of Somalia in 2006. Reuters reported that the fighting highlighted the ineffectiveness of the peace pact signed in Djibouti last week. Somalia's government and members of an exiled opposition group signed a U.N.-mediated ceasefire... but hardline Islamist leaders and insurgents on the ground rejected the pact (AL-SHABAAB TERRORISTS). They say they will not talk until thousands of Ethiopian troops backing President Abdullahi Yusuf's government leave the Horn of Africa nation. Somalia has been in near-perpetual conflict since the 1991 toppling of a military dictator. "Today what is at stake is not only peace and stability in Somalia but the credibility of the international community in the country and in the region. Meanwhile, other UN officials warned of a looming refugee and food crisis that could rank among the world's worst current humanitarian disasters.

Some 20,000 Somalis have fled to refugee camps in Kenya this year to escape the violence, the Associated Press reports. Refugees described an atmosphere of terror and chaos in their homeland. In more than a dozen interviews with The Associated Press, the newest arrivals from Mogadishu told of relentless shelling and gunfire. Several children said their friends were forcibly recruited into militias. And they all described frantic escapes, with many walking for weeks to reach Dadaab, hitching rides on donkey carts or squeezing into strangers' cars. "I couldn't live in Mogadishu anymore, my whole family would have been killed eventually," said Osman, 25, who left Mogadishu three months ago, hours after identifying his mother's body. He begged a ride in a car with a crowd of strangers, holding up his daughters – age 2 and 4 – to persuade the driver.

Somalia was plunged into chaos in 1991 when warlords ousted dictator Siad Barre, creating a power vacuum. The United Nations helped set up a transitional government in 2004. But the weak government was unable to exert control over much of the country. In 2006, it called on Ethiopian troops to enter Somalia to help fight Islamic militants (AL-SHABAAB TERRORISTS WHO HAVE A WEBSITE HOSTRED IN VANCOUVER WASAHINGTON USA). The US backs the Somali government and has helped train and equip its Ethiopian allies. The US says the Islamic insurgents (AL-SHABAAB) have ties to Al Qaeda, and has launched gunship and missile attacks on suspected terrorist leaders in Somalia. The Christian Science Monitor reported that the latest attack in early May killed a man that US officials described as a "known Al Qaeda target and militia leader in Somalia."

According a recent report in The Guardian, some Western intelligence officials are concerned that Somalia – along with Algeria and Yemen – could become a new front in the fight against Al Qaeda, as the terror group loses ground in Iraq. Officials talk about the appeal of an "attractive area of ungoverned space". This is Somalia, described as an increasingly popular destination for "western jihadists", though al-Qaida is playing only a small part in the violence there, western intelligence officials suggest.

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