Somalia

    The United Nations is investigating the use of its vehicles by suicide bombers who killed 17 African Union peacekeepers at their main base in Somalia, a senior official said on at the weekend. The Somali government warned on Sept. 18 that Islamist rebels from the al Shabaab group had six more stolen UN cars primed with explosives ready for suicide attacks."There are very large numbers of UN vehicles in Somalia that have been used for a variety of projects," said Mark Bowden, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Somalia. Insurgents overran and looted UN compounds in Jowhar and Baidoa in May and July. (Reuters)

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