Egypt Independent: World-Main news en Suicide bombers kill seven at peacekeeping base in Somalia <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span id="articleText"><span class="focusParagraph">Suicide bombers killed at least seven people as they tried to blast their way into the African Union&#39;s main peacekeeping base in Somalia&#39;s capital on Tuesday, police said. </span></span></p><p><span id="articleText">The force of the explosions shattered windows at Mogadishu&#39;s nearby airport, showering arriving passengers with glass, said witnesses.</span></p><p><span id="articleText">Al Shabaab, the Islamist militant group fighting to topple Somalia&#39;s Western-backed government, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had killed more than 12 people. It regularly reports higher death counts than the authorities. </span></p><p><span id="articleText">Police said the first attacker detonated a car bomb and the second tried to storm the base on foot, but was shot and exploded at the gate. </span></p><p><span id="articleText">&quot;We understand at least seven from a private security firm died,&quot; said Ali Farah, a police officer.</span></p><p><span id="articleText">The guards were caught in the blast at the gate as they escorted UN personnel into the base, which is known as Halane, he added. </span></p><p><span id="articleText">The African Union&#39;s AMISOM force said on Twitter it condemned the &quot;senseless attacks that aim to disrupt and cripple the lives of ordinary Somalis&quot;. There was no immediate comment from the United Nations.</span></p><p><span id="articleText">Al Shabaab spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab said both attackers detonated car bombs.</span></p><p><span id="articleText">People arriving on international flights said the blasts shattered windows in the airport buildings.</span></p><p><span id="articleText">&quot;We were greeted by two loud blasts. The glass of the airport building fell on us,&quot; said Ali Nur, who had just got off a plane from Nairobi.</span></p> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:23:00 +0000 Reuters 2471373 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/06/26/505021/somalia_hotel.jpg Italy party head under fire for likening Chamber speaker to sex doll <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The outspoken leader of Italy&#39;s anti-immigrant Northern League party drew a chorus of criticism on Monday for comparing the woman speaker of the lower house of parliament to an inflatable sex doll.<br /><br />While Matteo Salvini addressed the crowd at a rally near the northern city of Cremona on Saturday, a blow-up doll was held up by supporters behind him.<br /><br />&quot;Boldrini&#39;s clone is here on the stage,&quot; Salvini said, referring to lower house speaker Laura Boldrini. He gave no explanation why he made the comparison.<br /><br />The remark was greeted with raucous laughter among the crowd but roundly condemned by politicians from across the political spectrum after appearing on YouTube and social media on Monday.<br /><br />The Northern League leader often targets Boldrini, who comes from a small left-wing party, because of her appeals for humane treatment for immigrants. Before being elected to parliament, she was Italy&#39;s spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).<br /><br />&quot;Salvini misses no opportunity for insults and vulgarity but with this rally he has passed every limit of decency,&quot; said Emanuele Fiano, a prominent deputy for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi&#39;s Democratic Party (PD).<br /><br />Maria Elena Boschi, minister for constitutional reforms, accused Salvini of &quot;squalid sexism&quot; which she said offended not only Boldrini but all Italian men and women.<br /><br />According to recent opinion polls, the right-wing Northern League is Italy&#39;s third most popular party, with about 13-14 percent of voting support, behind the PD and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, both on around 30 percent.<br /><br />Asked by Sky Italia television if he planned to apologize, Salvini replied: &quot;You must be joking, it&#39;s Boldrini who should apologize because she is a racist towards Italians.&quot;<br /><br />Earlier on Monday he tweeted that Boldrini should resign and, in clear reference to the blow-up doll, launched the hashtag &quot;deflate Boldrini&quot;.</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:43:00 +0000 Reuters 2471367 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/07/26/504802/italy.jpg Knife attacker in Japan kills 19 in their sleep at disabled center <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>A knife-wielding man broke into a facility for the disabled in a small town near Tokyo early on Tuesday and killed 19 patients as they slept, authorities said, Japan&#39;s worst mass killing in decades.<br /><br />At least 25 other residents were wounded in the attack at the Tsukui Yamayuri-En facility in Sagamihara town, about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Tokyo.<br /><br />&quot;This is a very heart-wrenching and shocking incident in which many innocent people became victims,&quot; Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular news conference in Tokyo.<br /><br />The suspect was a 26-year-old former employee of the facility who gave himself up to police. The man, Satoshi Uematsu, said in letters he wrote in February that he could &quot;obliterate 470 disabled people&quot;, Kyodo news agency reported.<br /><br />He said he would kill 260 severely disabled people at two areas in the facility during a night shift, and would not hurt employees.<br /><br />&quot;My goal is a world in which the severely disabled can be euthanized, with their guardians&rsquo; consent, if they are unable to live at home and be active in society,&quot; Uematsu wrote in the letters given to the speaker of the lower house of parliament, Kyodo reported.<br /><br />Uematsu was committed to hospital after he expressed a &quot;willingness to kill severely disabled people&quot;, an official in Sagamihara told Reuters. He was freed on March 2 after a doctor deemed he had improved, the official said.<br /><br />Staff at the facility called police at 2.30 a.m. local time (01:30 p.m. EDT Monday) with reports of a man armed with a knife on the grounds, media reports said. The man wore a black T-shirt and trousers, the reports said.<br /><br />The 3-hectare (7.6 acre) facility was established by the local government. Surrounded by tree-covered mountains and on the banks of the Sagami River, it cares for people with a wide range of disabilities.<br /><br />The facility&#39;s website said the center had a maximum capacity of 160 people, including staff.<br /><br />&quot;IT MAKES YOU WEEP&quot;<br /><br />Residents of Sagamihara said they were in shock. The last murder in the area was 10 years ago.<br /><br />&quot;This is a peaceful, quiet town so I never thought such an incident would happen here,&quot; said Oshikazu Shimo, one of many residents of the town who gathered near the facility.<br /><br />Taxi driver Susumu Fujimura said of the attacker: &quot;He said &#39;we should get rid of disabled people&#39; but he&#39;s the worthless one.&quot;<br /><br />&quot;That kind of person can&#39;t defend themselves,&quot; Fujimura said, referring to the victims. &quot;That&#39;s why so many died. It makes you weep to think of somebody just murdering them.&quot;<br /><br />The dead ranged in age from 19 to 70 and included nine males and 10 females, Kyodo said.<br /><br />Police had recovered a bag with several knives, at least one stained with blood, a Kanagawa prefecture official said.<br /><br />At least 29 emergency squads responded to the attack, Kyodo reported, with those wounded taken to at least six hospitals in the western Tokyo area.<br /><br />Such mass killings are extremely rare in Japan and typically involve stabbings. Japan has strict gun laws and possession of firearms by the public is rare.<br /><br />Eight children were stabbed to death at their school in Osaka by a former janitor in 2001. Seven people died in 2008 when a man drove a truck into a crowd and began stabbing people in Tokyo&#39;s popular electronics and &quot;anime&quot; district of Akihabara.<br /><br />A revision to Japan&#39;s Swords and Firearms Control Law was introduced in 2009 in the wake of that attack, banning the possession of double-edged knives and further tightening gun-ownership rules.<br /><br />Members of a doomsday cult killed 12 people and made thousands ill in 1995 in simultaneous attacks with sarin nerve gas on five Tokyo rush-hour subway trains.</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:30:00 +0000 Reuters 2471364 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/07/26/504802/japan.jpg Shooting at Florida nightclub teen party leaves two dead <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span id="articleText"><span class="focusParagraph"><span class="articleLocatio&lt;/span&gt;n">Shots erupted outside a party for teenagers at a Florida nightclub early on Monday, killing two people and wounding as many as 17 others in the latest burst of gun violence to wrack the state this summer, according to authorities. </span></span></span></p><p><span id="articleText">The shooting in Fort Myers took place just after 12:30 a.m. local time in the parking lot of Club Blu, where officers found &quot;several victims suffering from gunshot wounds,&quot; the city police department said in a statement. </span></p><p><span id="articleText">Besides the two fatalities, a local hospital said there were 17 other victims, ranging between ages 12 and 27. Police put the number of wounded at 14 to 16, with their injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening.</span></p><p><span id="articleText">Investigators had yet to determine a motive and were trying to identify the two people who were killed, the statement said. Police said three people had been detained for questioning and that the area was deemed safe, although roads in the vicinity remained closed. </span></p><p><span id="articleText">The shooting came six weeks after a massacre at a nightclub in the Florida city of Orlando, where a lone gunman who sympathized with Islamist extremist groups killed 49 people in the deadliest mass shooting in US history.</span></p><p><span id="articleText">Club Blu, located about 150 miles southwest of Orlando in the Gulf Coast city of Fort Myers, was hosting a &quot;swimsuit glow party&quot; for people all ages, according to a flyer posted on Twitter by local television station WINK. To enter, patrons were not required to show proof that they were the legal age to drink alcoholic beverages.</span></p><p><span id="articleText">The nightclub said on its Facebook page that the shooting occurred when the venue was closing and parents were picking up their children. </span></p><p><span id="articleText">&quot;We tried to give the teens what we thought was a safe place to have a good time,&quot; the statement said, pointing out that armed security guards were posted inside and outside the club. &quot;It was not kids at the party that did this despicable act.&quot;</span></p><p><span id="articleText">Cheryl Garn, a spokeswoman for Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, said victims arriving there were as young as 12 years old. One of them died at the hospital, she said in a statement, while three others were admitted, one of them in critical condition and one in serious condition. The second victim died at the scene of the shooting. </span></p><p><span id="articleText">Police said shots were also fired at a nearby residence, where there was one minor injury.</span></p><p><span id="articleText">Fort Myers police and the Lee County&#39;s Sheriff&#39;s Office were canvassing the area for other people who may have been involved, the statement said.</span></p><p><span id="articleText">Representatives of the law enforcement agencies could not immediately be reached for further comment.</span></p><p><span id="articleText">The night before the Orlando nightclub shooting, a man thought to be a deranged fan fatally shot Christina Grimmie, a rising singing star, while she was signing autographs after a concert in that city. </span></p> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:25:00 +0000 Reuters 2471348 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/06/13/505021/orlando_shooting.jpg