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Somali plane bomb 'was hidden in laptop': intelligence officials MOGADISHU: Somali intelligence officials investigating a bomb blast on a commercial jet released surveillance footage Sunday appearing to show a passenger being given a laptop in which the bomb was concealed.The blast on Tuesday ripped a hole in the Daallo Airlines plane fuselage shortly after it took off from Somalia's main airport, killing one person and forcing an emergency landing.The newly released surveillance footage shows the suspected bomber being handed a laptop by two other men, one of whom is wearing a security jacket, the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) said."There are investigations going on and about 15 people have been arrested so far in connection with the incident," a Somali security official who asked not to be named told AFP."The initial investigation results indicate that the bomb was planted in a laptop and was carried by one of the passengers."A CCTV camera recorded some of the activities and ...

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Blast on Somalia airplane Tuesday caused by bomb: officials MOGADISHU: An explosion that occurred aboard a passenger plane after it took off from Somalia's main airport on Tuesday, forcing it to make an emergency landing, was caused by a bomb, officials said Saturday, adding they had made arrests."Additional investigations conducted by Somali and international experts have confirmed the explosion that occurred inside the Daallo Airlines (jet) was not a technical problem but was a bomb that was intended to destroy the plane and kill ...

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Nigerians have image problem abroad, hampers emigration to West LONDON: Nigerians have an image problem abroad which makes it difficult to emigrate to the West, but they can stay at home where their services are needed, President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted as saying by a British newspaper on Saturday. A former army ruler from the 1980s who returned to power as a civilian after winning an election in March last year, Buhari has the image of an ascetic disciplinarian keen to tackle his country's ...

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Three killed in Somalia car bomb targeting airport official: police MOGADISHU: Three people were killed Friday in a car bomb targeting an airport official in Somalia's capital, police said, as investigators probe an airplane blast experts fear was also a bomb."An airport security official was targeted but he survived the attack, three other people including a woman were killed in the blast," police official Ali Dahir told AFP.Witnesses described an enormous explosion with the car bursting into flames. The man believed to have been targeted ...

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One passenger missing after mystery Somalia plane blast: airline MOGADISHU: One passenger is missing after a blast on a commercial airliner that ripped a hole in its fuselage shortly after take-off from Somalia's capital, the airline said Thursday."All passengers except one disembarked safely after aircraft landed at the airport," Daallo Airlines said in a statement. "Investigations are underway to ascertain the cause of one missing passenger."Aviation experts and the pilot who landed the plane safely in Mogadishu after the explosion on Tuesday have said ...

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Zimbabwe says foreigners can buy 49pc stakes in local companies HARARE: Zimbabwe will now allow foreign investors to buy stakes of up to 49 percent in companies listed on its stock exchange, the central bank governor said on Thursday. Zimbabwe had previously only allowed foreigners to hold a 40 percent stake in local companies, but has been changing its regulations in an attempt to lift economic growth. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Zambia shuts top universities after student riots LUSAKA: Authorities in Zambia on Wednesday closed the country's top two public universities after students went on the rampage protesting at non-payment of food and book allowances.University of Zambia students burnt tyres and used logs to barricade the main road leading from the airport into the capital city Lusaka in protests that started late Tuesday, according to police.Their peers at the Copperbelt University in the central city of Kitwe also staged violent protests, prompting the ...