Somalia Bombings Kill 17 at Local Government HQ, Market

Somali security investigate the scene of a suicide attack in Mogadishu on July 31, 2016. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)
Somali security investigate the scene of a suicide attack in Mogadishu on July 31, 2016. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

MOGADISHU, Somalia—A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gates of a local government headquarters in Somalia while another bomber targeted a nearby marketplace,...

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  • FILE - In this file image taken from video released late Friday evening, Oct. 31, 2014, by Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, centre, the leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group. Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic extremists have a new leader who promises to end attacks on mosques and markets used by Muslims, according to an interview published Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 by the Islamic State. The group’s newspaper al-Nadaa identifies Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new “Wali” of its West Africa Province _ a title previously used to describe long-time leader Abubakar Shekau. (Boko Haram, via AP, File)

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  • Somali soldier stand near the wreckage of a car bomb outside the UN's office in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car outside the United Nations Mine Action Service offices in Mogadishu, killing 13 people, including seven U.N. guards, a Somali police official said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

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    MOGADISHU, Somalia—Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden cars on Tuesday outside the U.N. Mine Action Service offices and a Somali army checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing 13... Read more

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  • In this photo taken Wednesday, July 13, 2016 and released by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), villagers are led by UN soldiers to the UN compound in the capital Juba, South Sudan. The death toll from a recent outbreak of fighting in South Sudan is almost certain to climb above the 272 people, including 33 civilians, reported by the government, United Nations officials said Wednesday (Eric Kanalstein/UNMISS via AP)

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