An army base in southern Somalia was struck by car bombs and gunfire in an attack claimed by the Al Shabab militant group.
A suicide bomber reportedly entered a hall and detonated a bomb where officials were meeting, wounding Mogadishu's mayor and other top officials.
A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the popular Medina hotel in the southern port town of Kismayo before several heavily armed gunmen forced their way inside, shooting as they went.
Tribal elders are capable of bridging the trust deficit between the Somali government and Al Shabab - and they might be the only chance left for peace.
Somalis are victims of domestic terrorism, and the international community is compounding their misery by undermining their livelihoods as part of their own so-called 'War on Terror'.
Turkey's economic, humanitarian and nation-building efforts in Somalia have forged a bond that cannot be derailed by terror attacks.
The Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab militant group claimed responsibility for the bombing in Mogadishu's Waberi district.
Dadaab is home to some 230,000 people, the vast majority of whom are Somalis who fled civil war in 1991. Many have lived there ever since.
Kenya and Somalia have failed to reach an amicable solution over ownership of the 162,579 sq km triangle of disputed maritime territory in the Indian Ocean.
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