Somalia has suffered some of its worst violence since the rise of the Islamic Courts movement. At least 29 people were murdered by suicide bombers. At least five bombings took place in two relatively-stable provinces of the unstable nation.
The worst attacks took place in the capital of Somaliland, which had been backing the provisional Somali government:
Most of the casualties were in the Somaliland capital, Hargeisa, where the presidential palace, Ethiopian consulate and UN offices were targeted.
Two suicide attackers also killed six intelligence agents in their offices in neighbouring Puntland, the region’s president says.
These attacks take place as the fledgling provisional government of Somalia is attempting to secure a peace deal with some of the rebels. However, the terms of the deal call for a withdrawal of Ethiopian troops. If this happens, expect the Somali government to be overrun and perhaps another intervention may be needed.