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Somali plane blast was a deliberate bombing attack

Officials said the bomb was intended to kill all those on board the plane Credit: Harun Maruf

An explosion which blasted a hole in the side of a Somali plane was caused by a bomb deliberately planted in the aircraft, the country's minister for transport has confirmed.

"We have confirmed that it was a bomb that exploded," Ali Ahmed Jamac told a news conference on Saturday.

"It was meant to kill all aboard."

The plane was forced to make an emergency landing inMogadishu after the explosion on Tuesday.

One elderly man, who is suspected of being the bomber, was sucked out of the side of the plane and died. Two other passenger suffered minor injuries.

Officials have not yet confirmed a motive for the bombing, though it is thought that it may have been the work of Islamist al Shabaab militants.


Somali plane explosion 'was likely caused by bomb'

The hole in the side of the plane. Credit: Harun Maruf

An explosion on a Somali plane was likely caused by a bomb, US officials have said.

The sources, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said no group is known to have claimed responsibility for the blast and forensic evidence was lacking.

One person died on Tuesday when the Daallo Airlines Airbus A321 carrying 74 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing after a huge hole was blown in its side.

Earlier officials at Somalia's civil aviation authority said they had found no evidence so far of a criminal act.


Several killed in Somalia beach cafe attack

At least 17 people have been killed after Islamist gunmen attacked a popular beachside restaurant in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, according to Somali police.

Reuters quoted police officer Osman Nur as saying: "The operation ended at 3am last night [Thursday] and at least 17 civilians were killed."

The al-Shabab militant group said its members had set off two car bombs at the Beach View Cafe on Mogadishu's Lido beach, and engaged in a gun battle for hours with government troops.

Donald Trump clip 'used in al-Shabaab propaganda video'

A video of Donald Trump has been used as part of a recruitment video issued by the terrorist group al-Shabaab, a monitoring group has said.

Trump's call to bar Muslims from the US was used in a terror video Credit: PA

A clip showing Trump’s public call for a "total and complete shutdown" on Muslims entering the US was included in a propaganda video released by the Islamist extremists in Somalia, according to SITE monitoring.

The 51-minute film shows America as a racist society, and includes documentary footage alongside clips from extremists urging Muslims to turn against the West.

Trump appears in the film alongside footage of the militant leader Anwa al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011, saying Muslims in the US would face a choice between leaving for Islamic countries or staying at home to fight the West.

The film was distributed on Twitter on Friday by the al-Kataib Media Foundation, an Islamist militant organisation, SITE reported.

Trump was widely criticised for his call for bar Muslims following of the San Bernadino mass shooting by alleged extremists Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik.

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