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article image11 would-be killers die as their bombs explode too early

By R. C. Camphausen     Aug 22, 2010 in World
Mogadishu - Two incidents involving bomb explosions planned by the Islamist militant group Al-Shabab led to the death of 11 of their own men when the bombs they were preparing blew up prematurely.
While the Qatar-based website of Al Jazeera calls the men who blew up along with their own bombs anti-government fighters, they are militants in CNN reports, and anti-government militants to the BBC.
Members of Al-Shabab, a group resembling the Taliban and classified in the US as terrorists, were attempting assemble a bomb in on case, and to place one in a separate incident, when both bombs blew up at almost the same time and killed the men.
At first, other militants kept spectators at bay by threatening to shoot them, but then state security forces were able at some point to take a close enough look at the scene to determine that the group of dead men had an interesting and international background. According to a government statement, they consisted of men from Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Algeria and India.
One of these died while placing a road-side bomb, the other ten were filling a car with explosives when that car-bomb went off, destroying the whole building in which this was happening. Considering that this is the month of Ramadan, one government official showed himself to be very much agitated, saying: "This is clear evidence that Al-Shabaab are planning death and destruction during this holiest of months, Ramadan," Interior Minister Abdikadir Ali Omar said. "Only luck has prevented the deaths of many innocent citizens of Mogadishu."
Somalia, the number one failed state in the world with a western-backed government that has little control over the country, is plagued by militants imposing sharia-law, and hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes in two decades of conflict, many of them by sea to neighboring Yemen.
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