Three people have been killed when a suicide bomber exploded himself at a hotel entrance in Mogadishu.
Guards stopped the attacker as he tried to enter the restaurant near the port of Mogadishu. Two guards and the attacker were those killed.
Attacks on hotels in the Somali capital have reduced in the last few months.
Al Shabab group, which is fighting to overthrow the Somali government, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The group said a number of government officials were meeting at the restaurant when the attack took place. In a statement, al Shabab said nine people were killed in the attack. However, The Frontier cannot verify its claim.
Kenya military plane crash kills two
A Kenya Army helicopter on a training flight crashed on Monday in Machakos, 56 kilometres southeast of Nairobi, killing two on board.
The two victims were senior military officers of the rank of major.
The helicopter was one of six acquired from the United States in January, through the US Foreign Military Sales programme.
Somali army chief survives assassination attempt
The commander of the Somali National Army, Gen Odowaa Yussuf Rage, has escaped an assassination attempt on his life after a suicide car bomb hit his convoy in the capital, Mogadishu.
The incident took place Monday morning near the Trabuun junction after a car laden with explosive materials targeted a convoy escorting the general. A number of Odowaa’s guards were injured, however.
Gen Odowaa, born on 1987, was appointed in August 2019 as Somalia’s chief of the army.
The al Shabab group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
“The Mujahideen martyrdom squad has targeted the chief of the Somali army between Tarabuunka junction and the Somali Armed Forces Hospital,” an al Shabab statement said.
The group said five soldiers were killed in the attack but The Frontier cannot verify its claim.
For more than 10 years, al Shabab has been fighting to topple the government and wants to implement its own version of Islamic law.
Four Kenya presidential aides catch Covid-19 weeks after 100 lawmakers gathered at State House
Four presidential staff have tested positive for Covid-19, becoming the first Kenyan government officials to have been infected with the deadly virus.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and members of the First Family are safe, according to State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena.
“As part of proactive measures being implemented to contain the spread of Covid-19, State House staff are regularly tested for the disease. The tests are conducted on all staff including His Excellency the President and members of his family,” Ms Dena said in a statement on Monday, June 15.
The four, who were tested for coronavirus during a mass screening on 11 June at State House, are undergoing treatment at Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital outside Nairobi, and their families and contacts are being monitored.
Extra measures have now been put in place for staff residing outside State House to contain the spread of the virus.
It is still unclear how the four staff members were infected with coronavirus. However, State House has seen a beehive of activity in the last two weeks, with the president holding two parliamentary group meetings for Jubilee, the ruling party, attended by more than 100 lawmakers, and on June 1, the compound hosted Madaraka Day celebrations to mark Kenya’s 57th independence anniversary.
Kenya has so far recorded 3,727 Coid-19 cases and 104 deaths while 1,286 people have recovered from the disease. The country just tested 118,701 people out of 47 million.
Kenya, East and Central Africa’s biggest and most advanced economy, is struggling to contain the spread of coronavirus as latest figures show surge in daily positive cases. The country is in a dusk-to-dawn curfew since March 27 and movement in and out of some towns including the capital Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa have been banned. Despite the government saying the curfew and the secession of movement has helped in reducing the spread of the coronavirus, the economy has taken a beating, with 342,000 people losing their jobs.
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