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Angola’s Isabel dos Santos hits back at corruption allegations, eyes possible presidential run

Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos, who is battling her homeland in a fight over her assets as the former first daughter, is now hinting she might run for president.

Dos Santos has vehemently denied the allegations against her, calling the financial scandal “a very politically motivated attack.”

“I’m a businesswoman; I am an entrepreneur. We were not offered an opportunity to present our case. … We were not summoned, we didn’t receive any notices,” she told Fox News on Friday.

On New Year’s Eve, a court in the Angolan capital of Luanda ordered a freeze on all her bank accounts, citing corruption and allegations that the former ruling family has pilfered more than $2 billion. Dos Santos, 46, is the eldest child of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who served as president of Angola for almost four decades.

Dos Santos, 46, maintains that the attack on her business interests comes at the behest of President Joao Manuel Goncalves Lourenco, who took office in 2017. Lourenco pledged to end corruption and has subsequently set sights on his predecessor’s offspring and their dealings with state enterprises.

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Isabel Dos Santos, daughter of Angolaís former President and Africa’s richest woman, sits for a portrait during a Reuters interview in London, Britain, January 9, 2020. Picture taken on January 9. REUTERS/Toby Melville – RC21DE9MHXMR

“The Angolan economy has been performing very badly. President Joao’s track record has been very, very poor. Unfortunately, he and his team did not understand the economy,” Dos Santos said. “They don’t understand the private sector and have conducted a number of policies that have just led to impoverishing the middle class.”

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She said businesses are at the breaking point and taxes are soaring, while “people don’t have enough money to eat.”

Prosecutors have so far not attempted to seize Dos Santo’s overseas assets, but this week told Reuters that they would not hesitate to do so if necessary.

Dos Santos is one of the  world’s richest women.

According to Forbes, Dos Santos has a fortune worth more than $2 billion and holds notable stakes in a litany of Portuguese and Angolan firms, including telecoms company NOS, oil, and gas venture Galp Energia and the Eurobic bank. A London-educated engineer chaired Angola’s state oil company Sonangol for several months in the final stretch of her father’s rule but was removed by Lourenco soon after his reign began.

Her brother, Jose Filomeno dos Santos, has been accused of smuggling $500 million out of the country. He and an alleged co-conspirator have pleaded not guilty.

While the crackdown on the former first family has been welcomed by some, Dos Santos said many see it as a thinly veiled political maneuver.

“We have elections coming up, and there are a lot of voices within the system who feel that Joao Lourenco is not the right candidate,” she said.

On that note, Dos Santos did not rule out her own political ambitions. While she has long been personified as a business advocate, a plunge into the public realm isn’t off the table.

“We believe that we need to empower businesses and that we need to create new business. We need to create new jobs. And right now, the policies I am seeing in my country don’t reflect that,” she said. “We have an economy that is very much dominated by the state and by government. That economy must be liberalized. I would like to see a government that is a lot closer to the people, a lot closer in delivering good service and a good value to the people.”

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A candidate with “private sector” experience is urgently needed in her view.

“Someone who understands the economy, someone who can actually deliver on jobs,” she said. “I love my country, and I am a patriot. I believe in a free-market economy. I believe in competitiveness. I’m really looking forward to seeing a country that has a different vision than the one today. Angolans deserve better.”

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FILE – In this April 12, 2008 file photo, the then Angola President Jose Eduardo dos Santos arrives at the Mulungushi International Conference Center in Lusaka, Zambia. Dos Santos says he made mistakes during his long rule but holds his “head high” as he steps down as leader of the ruling MPLA party. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

The country’s first local elections are slated for this year, with the next presidential term up for grabs in 2022.

The oil-swathed nation has a population of 28.8 million and relies on the petroleum industry for over 90 percent of its exports. According to the World Bank, Angola “has made substantial economic and political progress” since its civil war ended in 2002, yet the country “continues to face massive development challenges, which include reducing its dependency on oil and diversifying the economy; rebuilding its infrastructure; and improving governance, human development indicators and the living conditions of the population.”

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Angola’s Washington-based embassy did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

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Singer Akon announces futuristic ‘Akon City’ in Senegal

Is a pop idol building Wakanda?

Akon announced on his social-media channels on Monday that he is building a city of the future in Africa.

“Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future,” the musical artist of Senegalese descent tweeted.

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Akon City, which was authorized by Senegal’s state-owned SAPCO tourism company, will be a “crypto-city” built on 2,000 acres of land.

For money, residents will use a cryptocurrency known as AKoin.

The city, a five-minute drive outside of Dakar, will be billed as a global ecotourism destination.

Senegal’s tourism ministry said the singer wanted to build a sustainable ecotourism village that would “campaign for the environment.”

Akon City shall run entirely on renewable energy through the artist’s solar-power project, Akon Lighting Africa.

“Beyond his status as an artist, it is Akon, the investor who believes in Africa,” the tourism ministry said in a statement before the ceremony.

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Akon announced on his social-media channels on Monday that he is building a city of the future in Africa. (CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)

He spoke to Newsweek in 2018 about the project.

“With the AKoin we are building cities, the first one being in Senegal,” the singer, whose real name is Aliaune Thiam, explained. “We’re securing the land and closing out all the legislation papers for the city. We want to make it a free zone, and cryptocurrency-driven as a test market.

“If it works, we will scale it out to all the other countries in Africa so all the cities are connected. It’s going to be a 50-to-100-year project, most likely. I probably won’t even live to see it finished. But for the project in Senegal, we have a 10-year deadline for that city to be built out.

“We’re currently raising all the money for it now; some of it will be through hedge funds outside of Africa, and the majority of it will be through NGOs and investors within Africa itself.”

Appearing on “The Real” in November, the rapper spoke about his philanthropy efforts in Africa.

“A lot of people don’t really know, but I’m literally advising 30 African presidents as we speak,” Akon said, receiving a wealth of applause from the audience.

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“It’s all based on the youth, the development of the youth and things of that nature. I’m everywhere in the world dealing with politics, so my foreign experience is through the roof.”

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France’s Macron: If Trump pulls US military out of Africa, it would be ‘bad news’

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French President Emmanuel Macron urged the Trump administration not to withdraw troops from Africa after U.S. military officials announced they were contemplating a shift in focus to threats from Russia and China.

“If the U.S. decided to withdraw from Africa, it would be bad news for us,” Macron said at a news conference Monday. He was speaking after a summit in Pau, France, with the presidents of the five African countries that make up the G5 Sahel coalition: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

“I would like to be able to convince President Trump that the fight against terrorism to which he is deeply committed is playing out also in this region,” Macron continued.

Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Mille, on his way to a NATO conference in Brussels said, according to AFP, resources “could be reduced and then shifted, either to increase readiness of the force in the continental U.S. or shifted to” the Pacific. He said Defense Secretary Mark Esper had not made up his mind about what changes he would make.

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“We’re developing options for the secretary to consider, and we are developing those options in coordination with our allies and partners,” Milley said.

France has led the West’s counterterrorism efforts in the Sahel region in northern Africa, and the summit was called to address increasing danger in the region. In one instance of escalating violence, suspected jihadist militants in Niger killed 89 soldiers last week.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the special representative and head of the United Nations Office for West Africa, told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that attacks have increased significantly in frequency and in the number killed in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger since 2016.

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More than 4,000 deaths were reported last year, a dramatic increase over the 770 in 2016, he said.

France has launched its biggest overseas military operation to assist with the threat. Around 4,500 French soldiers have been deployed to the area since 2014 to oust various jihadists from power. Macron announced Monday he would be deploying an additional 220 troops to the region, earlier this month UN Chief Antonio Guterres warned that “terrorist groups are gaining ground.”

French officials said that U.S. military presence is relatively small, but critical.

The U.S. has some 7,000 special forces in rotation on the continent to fight jihadists, particularly in Somalia. An additional 2,000 soldiers are conducting training missions in 40 African countries and providing logistical assistance to France’s mission. It also has a drone base in Niger which provides key intelligence capabilities.

Some 13,000 UN peacekeeping troops operate in Mali, the heart of the conflict which has since spread to its neighbors.

Milley insisted U.S. forces would not pull out of Africa completely.  “We’re developing options for the secretary to consider, and we are developing those options in coordination with our allies and partners,” Milly said. “Economy of forces does not mean zero.”

Still yet, French officials aren’t convinced. “Macron plays with an open hand,” said a French diplomatic official. “Africom [United States Africa Command] is 1 percent of U.S. resources abroad, and security in Africa is an interest we have in common.”

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The G5 Sahel meeting came as NATO ambassadors met in Brussels to discuss the state of affairs in the Middle East after a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. President Trump last week called on NATO counterparts to step up their contributions in the Middle East.

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Lesotho first lady wanted by police in death probe of prime minister’s former wife

Police in Lesotho on Tuesday were searching for the country’s first lady for questioning in the 2017 killing of the prime minister’s former wife, while the police commissioner said the “noose” was tightening around the prime minister and those close to him as an investigation continues.

The killing of Lipolelo Thabane occurred two days before Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s inauguration for a second term in the tiny southern African nation, and two years after a court ruled that Lipolelo was the lawful first lady and entitled to benefits.

Thomas Thabane married his current wife some two months after Lipolelo was killed. Neither the prime minister nor his wife, Maesaiah, have commented publicly on allegations of their involvement in the murder.

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Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahae Thabane’s wife Maesaiah Thabane is in hiding from the police, who want to question her over the June 14, 2017 killing of Thabane’s former wife Lipolelo. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Police on Friday obtained an arrest warrant for the first lady after she didn’t report to them. Police Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli on Tuesday said officers had no idea where she might be.

More details were expected later Tuesday when the High Court was set to hear her application seeking the cancellation of the arrest warrant.

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On Wednesday, the High Court is expected to hear Police Commissioner Holomo Molibeli’s application to stop the prime minister from advising Lesotho’s King Letsie III from sending the police official into early retirement.

Molibeli said the prime minister wants him out in a bid to stop the murder investigation and recommend a new commissioner “to immunise himself from criminal investigations and prosecution, thus thwarting the rule of law.”

The police commissioner in recent weeks successfully challenged efforts by the prime minister to send him into suspension and forced leave.

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Child stowaway found dead on Air France plane that landed in Paris from Ivory Coast

A “lifeless body of a stowaway” was found in the landing gear area of an Air France plane that arrived in Paris on Wednesday, the airline says.

The body is believed to be of a child around 10 years old, the BBC reported, citing local media. The aircraft originated from Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

“The company expresses its compassion and deplores this human tragedy,” Air France said in a tweet. “An investigation is underway.”

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A child stowaway was found dead Wednesday on an Air France plane, similar to the one pictured above. (iStock)

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A French police official told the Associated Press that stowaway attempts involving children are rare and nearly impossible to survive. He declined to give the child’s age, citing the early stages of the investigation.

“Aside from the human drama, this shows a major failing of security at Abidjan airport,” an Ivory Coast security source told the AFP.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Couple who got engaged at KFC in South Africa just celebrated ‘the wedding of our dreams’

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A couple in South Africa will soon be enjoying the honeymoon of their dreams thanks to some Christmastime generosity from a jolly old bearded fellow.

We’re talking, of course, about Colonel Sanders.

Hector Mkansi and Nonhlanhla Soldaat, who became viral sensations after getting engaged in a South Africa location of KFC, officially tied the knot on Tuesday during a ceremony at the Thaba Eco Hotel in Johannesburg. But while KFC South Africa has already pledged to fund the couple’s honeymoon in New York — and live-streamed the actual wedding on social media — it was local well-wishers and corporate sponsors who helped to fund their New Year’s Eve nuptials.

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As reported by South Africa’s The Star, the groom’s suit was purchased and donated by Black Coffee, a popular South African DJ, and the bridesmaid dresses were donated by actress Tsholofelo Matshaba.

Dozens of corporate sponsors also pitched in to pledge their wares or services, including but not limited to Bride & Co (which designed the bride’s custom-made gown), Le Cruset, Land Rover, Puma, Woolworths, Amstel, Coca-Cola, Viceroy, Krispy Kreme, Jameson and Polo, to name just a few.

“Mzanzi [South Africa] gave us a chance to have the wedding of our dreams,” the couple said in a statement provided to The Star. “We are grateful to everyone who pledged and the millions of South Africans who supported us.”

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Footage of the couple’s engagement first began making the rounds in November, after which KFC South Africa asked for help identifying the lovebirds.

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“Please help us find this beautiful couple,” KFC South Africa wrote in a Twitter post. “DM us any leads, there might be a Finger Lickin’ Good surprise in it for you too … We love love.”

Within hours, the couple was identified.

And while some users took to the comments to poke fun at the man’s proposal venue, the majority of the reactions celebrated their happy moment.

“Brought tears to my eyes, they look so in love!!” one wrote.

“Never judge anyone’s standard of living. This must be a dream come true, beginning of happy life,” another said.

Mkansi and Soldaat, meanwhile, were already married, but were never able to afford anything but a small traditional ceremony, he told CNN.

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Gerren Keith Gaynor contributed to this report.

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US launches drone strikes in Somalia after deadly car bombing

Three drone airstrikes on Sunday against the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic terrorist group Al-Shabab in Somalia killed four militants, according to the U.S. military.

U.S. Africa Command officials said an initial assessment concluded that two airstrikes killed two militants and destroyed two vehicles in Qunyo Barrow, and the third airstrike killed two militants in Caliyoow Barrow.

The precision airstrikes, which were in coordination with the Somali government, came a day after a truck bombing in Somalia’s capital killed at least 78 people.

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People salvaging goods after a car bomb destroyed shops in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Saturday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsame)

“Since (Al-Shabab)’s first external attack in 2010, the group has ruthlessly killed hundreds,” said the director of operations for U.S. Africa Command, Army Maj. Gen. William Gayler, in a statement. “They have attacked and killed African partners, allies, and fellow Americans.  They are a global menace and their sights are set on exporting violence regionally and eventually attacking the U.S. homeland.”

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U.S. Africa Command officials said no civilians were injured or killed in the airstrikes, and the military complied with the principles of the Law of Armed Conflict to ensure the safety of civilians.

While no group has yet claimed responsibility for the Mogadishu bombing, Somalia’s president blamed the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic terrorist organization, which attacked the presidential palace in Somalia’s capital earlier this month.

The U.S. military also carried out airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on Sunday — days after a U.S. defense contractor was killed at a military compound in a rocket attack.

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Military jet fighters conducted “precision defensive strikes” on five sites of Kataeb Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Iraqi militia, Jonathan Hoffman, a spokesman for the Pentagon, told Fox News. Two defense officials added that Air Force F-15 jet fighters carried out the strikes.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien traveled Sunday to Mar-a-Lago in Florida to meet with President Trump. “We discussed with him other options that are available, and I would note also that we will take additional actions as necessary to ensure that we act in our own self-defense and we deter further bad behavior from militia groups or from Iran,” Esper told reporters.

Fox News’ Mike Arroyo, Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Fausta, ‘world’s oldest rhino,’ dead at 57, conservation says

An eastern black rhino — believed to be the oldest in the world — died Friday in Tanzania, authorities said.

Fausta, a 57-year-old rhino, passed away from natural causes in the Ngorongoro Crater, part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority. She lived a free-ranging life for more than 54 years in Ngorongoro until three years ago, when she was taken into a sanctuary because of health problems.

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Fausta, a 57-year-old black rhino, pictured here in Ngorongoro, Tanzania, died from natural causes on Friday, conservation authorities said. (Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority via REUTERS)

A scientist first spotted the rhino in 1965, when Fausta was 3 or 4 years old, a Facebook post from the conservation’s commissioner, Dr. Freddy Manongi, read. In 2016, the rhino’s health had started to deteriorate and authorities “were forced to put the animal in captivity, after several attacks from hyena and severe wounds thereafter.”

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“Fausta also lost sight or vision, which further compromise its survival ability in the wild,” officials said, adding she “survived 57 years without bearing calves.”

Manongi said rhinos usually live between 37 and 43 years old in the wild, and older than 50 years in captivity. He noted

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He noted a female southern white rhino named Sana, who died in captivity in November at a French zoo at 55 years olds, was considered the world’s oldest white rhino in captivity. Another rhino named Elly, the oldest-living black rhino in the U.S., died at the San Francisco Zoo in May 2017 at the age of 46.

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Fausta lived a free-range life until 2016, when she was taken to a sanctuary due to health problems, officials said. (Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority via REUTERS)

Black rhinos, according to the World Wildlife Fund, are considered a critically endangered species, with a population of over more than 5,000. Nearly half of these are located in Namibia, which is allowed under international convention to permit five male rhinos a year to be legally killed by hunters.

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The species’ numbers declined 98 percent — to less than 2,500 — from 1960 to 1995, but because of “persistent conservation efforts across Africa, black rhino numbers have doubled from their historic low 20 years ago to between 5,042 and 5,455 today.”

But despite its regrowth in population size, black rhinos are “still considered critically endangered,” as poachers illegally traffick rhino horns, threaten its recovery.

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Miami Heat’s Chris Silva breaks down after seeing mom for first time in years

Miami Heat forward Chris Silva received his most memorable Christmas gift two days late.

The Heat surprised Silva by reuniting him with his mother whom he hadn’t seen in several years. They tearfully embraced on the court Friday shortly before the team tipped off against the Indiana Pacers.

The 23-year-old rookie left his home country of Gabon in 2012 with a dream of making it to the NBA.

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Chris Silva, of the Miami Heat, received a heartwarming surprise by the NBA for the holidays this year. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

In the seven years since, he had only seen his parents and siblings once, when he returned to the African country for two weeks to renew his visa as a sophomore at the University of South Carolina.

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The Heat, the NBA and NBA Africa teamed up this holiday season to surprise Silva, flying in his mother, Carine Minkoue Obame, hours before Friday’s game.

A video shared on the team’s social media accounts showed a shocked Silva as his mother walked onto the court at AmericanAirlines Arena.

“The holidays also are really about being around the people you love and mostly everybody feels very grateful that you’re able to spend that quality time,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said in the video ahead of the surprise. “But I always think about Silva.”

“That’s my mom!” a very emotional Silva can be heard exclaiming after spotting her, as his teammates and coaches cheered and clapped.

Obame took an 18-hour flight from Gabon to Miami to see her son.

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Silva had no idea that she would be making the trip, telling reporters afterward that they spoke days before when she was still in Gabon.

“I’m shook,” he said, adding that he couldn’t believe it was her at first. “I thought I was seeing a ghost, but, like, after I realized that that was her I couldn’t help myself. I was emotional.”

While Silva did not play, Obame stayed to watch the Heat beat the Pacers 113-112.

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Somalia truck bomb kills at least 61 people, official says

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A truck bomb exploded at a busy security checkpoint in Somalia’s capital Saturday morning, killing at least 61 people, authorities said. It was one of the deadliest attacks in Mogadishu in recent memory.

The toll was likely to rise as scores of people were rushed to hospitals, government spokesman Ismail Mukhtar told The Associated Press. Abdiqadir Abdirahman, the director of the Aamin Ambulance service, confirmed the 61 dead and said more than 50 others were wounded.

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Mayor Omar Mohamud Mohamed, speaking at the scene, said university students were among those killed. Police said the dead also included two Turkish nationals.

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A civilian who was wounded in suicide car bomb attack is helped at check point in Mogadishu, Somalia, Saturday, Dec, 28, 2019. (Associated Press)

Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the blast targeted a tax collection center during the morning rush hour as Somalia returned to work after its weekend. Images from the scene showed the mangled frames of vehicles and bodies lying on the ground.

A large black plume of smoke rose above the capital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab often carries out such attacks. The extremist group was pushed out of Mogadishu several years ago but continues to target high-profile areas such as checkpoints and hotels in the seaside city.

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Al-Shabab was blamed for a devastating truck bombing in Mogadishu in October 2017 that killed more than 500 people. The group never claimed responsibility for the blast that led to widespread public outrage. Some analysts said al-Shabab didn’t dare claim credit as its strategy of trying to sway public opinion by exposing government weakness had badly backfired.

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The latest attack again raises concern about the readiness of Somali forces to take over responsibility for the Horn of Africa country’s security in the coming months from an African Union force.

Al-Shabab, the target of a growing number of U.S. airstrikes since President Donald Trump took office, controls parts of Somalia’s southern and central regions. It funds itself with a “taxation” system that experts describe as extortion of businesses and travelers that brings in millions of dollars a year.

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