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October 5th, 2011

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA – A car bomb killed more than 70 people on Tuesday, October 4 in Somalia’s capital.

  • A suicide bomber drove a truck filled with explosives in front of the Ministry of Education in an attempt to make it through a government compound that housed four ministries.
  • Most of those who perished were university students and their parents More than 90 people were hospitalized at Mogadishu’s Medina hospital after the explosion.
  • Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group al-Shabab claims responsibility for carrying out the deadly act.

Original sources: AFP; Reuters; AP; BBC News; France24; Al Jazeera; CNN; NPR; TIME; Forbes; Pakistan Daily Times; Irish Times; Christian Science Monitor; Los Angeles Times; The Wall Street Journal; The Guardian; The New York Times; Xinhua; Le Monde; Oman Tribune; Sydney Morning Herald; Vancouver Sun; Oman Daily Observer; Al-Arabiya; Shanghai Daily.

Analysts available for comment:

Bruno Schiemsky is the former coordinator of the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia. He is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya, as a security consultant. He has had over eighteen years of progressive management experience in conflict and post-conflict countries within Africa.

CONTACT: bruno.schiemsky@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Africa

Languages: English; Flemish; French; German

Sabine Machenheimer is the Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst for IHS Janes. She writes and edits for Janes Sentinel, Janes Intelligence Review, Janes Intelligence Weekly and Janes Country Risk Daily Report. She is available to give analysis and interviews on all dimensions of politics and conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa.

CONTACT: sabine.machenheimer@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Language: English

Afyare A. Elmi, Ph.D. is a Somali-Canadian political scientist. He teaches international politics at the Qatar University’s International Affairs Department. He is specialized in international security, conflict and peace-building, political Islam and African security and development.

CONTACT: a.abdielmi@globalexpertfinder.org

Location: Middle East

Languages: English; Somali

Will Hartley is the Editor of IHS Jane’s Terrorism & Insurgency Center (JTIC). He is available to give analysis and interviews on terrorist organizations, insurgency, active non-state armed groups, and major terrorist activity.

CONTACT: will.hartley@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Language: English

Catherine Besteman, Ph.D. is a professor of anthropology and African studies at Colby University. Her teaching interests focus on the roots of violent conflict and the forces that sustain inequality and produce poverty in Africa. She is the author of Unraveling Somalia: Race, Violence and the Legacy of Slavery, The Struggle for Land in Southern Somalia: The War Behind the War, and Violence: A Reader.

CONTACT: catherine.besteman@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Language: English

Sarjoh Bah is a Senior Fellow and Program Coordinator of African Security Institutions, at New York Universitys Center on International Cooperation. He is a leading authority on security cooperation in Africa with a particular focus on the African Union. He has commented frequently on the situation in Somalia.

CONTACT: asarjoh.bah@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Language: English

Roland Marchal, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), based at Sciences-Po in Paris. He is a specialist on the economics and politics of conflict in sub-Saharan Africa.

CONTACT: roland.marchal@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English; French; Italian

J. Peter Pham, Ph.D. is the Director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. Dr. Pham primarily studies international relations and strategic issues, with particular concentrations on U.S. foreign and defense policy, African politics and security, terrorism and political violence, and religion and global affairs. He has served on the Senior Advisory Group of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) since its creation.

CONTACT: jpeter.pham@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: English; French; Italian

Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos is a specialist on armed conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa. He is a graduate of the Institute of Policy Studies in Paris, where he teaches and is a researcher at the Institute of Development Research.

CONTACT: marc.perouse@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English; French

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