Somalia: Roadside bombing kills at least 13 after presidential talks break down
09 February 2021 | 7:00 am
The attack took place shortly after negotiators failed to end a stalemate over the selection of a new president. Islamist terror group Al-Shabaab took responsibility for the attack near the town of Dhusamareeb.
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