“A COWARDLY ATTACK” 189 DEAD

Mogadishu, Somalia was the scene of a cowardly attack by al-Shabab killing 189 and injuring more than 200. “Such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism,” the U.S. mission to Somalia said in a statement. Overnight, rescue workers with torch lights searched for any survivors trapped under the rubble of the Safari Hotel, which was largely destroyed. The hotel is close to Somalia’s foreign ministry. The blast blew off metal gates and blast walls erected outside the hotel.

A REUTERS PHOTOResidents examine the scene of an explosion in the Hodan district of Mogadishu, Somalia, Oct. 14, 2017.

A RELIGION OF PEACE

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