The situation is “under control,” said the security minister, but of course it isn’t. Islamic jihadis are still a powerful force in Somalia, and they will be heard from again. No one, however, seems particularly curious about why the jihad group is able to attract recruits, even from Minneapolis. To explore why the group’s ideology is attractive would be “Islamophobic.”
“Somali presidential palace: ‘Car bomb’ attack in Mogadishu,” from the BBC, February 21 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A huge car bomb has exploded at the gate of Somalia’s presidential palace, followed by a fierce gun battle inside, officials say.
At least two senior officials and nine attackers are reported dead but the security minister told the BBC the situation was “under control”.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has told the UN envoy to Somalia he was not harmed, envoy Nick Kay has tweeted.
The al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab has said it carried out the attack….
The heavily guarded complex is home to the president, prime minister, speaker of parliament, other ministers and a mosque, which was hit during the attack.
The president was preparing for Friday prayers at the mosque, senior police officer Abdikadir Ahmed told Reuters news agency.
Some of the attackers were wearing suicide vests, police sources have told the BBC.
Another police officer, Hussein Farah, told Reuters there were about 10 assailants, wearing uniforms similar to that of the presidential guards….