As Trump considers withdrawing US troops from Somalia, Somali analysts believe this is dangerous rhetoric which has more to do with domestic politics than security in Somalia and the wider region.
Al Shabaab has turned into a shadow state and the Somali government, the United Nations and the international community need to reorient their focus.
Gunmen stormed the Elite Hotel in Lido beach after a car bomb went off outside.
The Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab group quickly claimed responsibility via its radio arm, Andalus.
In Mogadishu, thick smoke billowed over the port area after police Colonel Ahmed Ali said the car bomber detonated near the gates of the motor vehicle imports duty authority headquarters.
"The initial information we have received indicates the dead bodies of five people were collected from the scene of the blast and more than twenty others have been wounded," police officer Mohamed Muktar said.
Al Shabab, a militant group waging a deadly insurgency in Somalia, claimed responsibility for the attack which killed at least four people, including governor Ahmed Muse Nur.
The only way to counter the diminished writ of Somalia's central authority is to strengthen community action.
At least three people were killed and 21 injured in a car bombing attack carried out by Al Shabab in Somalia last week that targeted Turkish engineers working on a road near the capital Mogadishu.
Witnesses described scenes of chaos after an attack in Mogadishu, claimed by militant group Al Shabab.
An unknown number of militants fired at a mast belonging to Kenya's leading operator Safaricom, triggering a gunfight with police in Garissa county, which neighbours Somalia, officials said.
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