Somalia needs good government to turn back the terrorist tide

Al-Shabab is seeking to bolster support in Somalia by drawing a heavy-handed response from the country’s neighbours

The Guardian:  Monday 12 July 2010 19.00 BST


Has the world woken up to the risk coming from Somalia? The simultaneous bombing on Sunday in the Ugandan capital Kampala may be the start of a wave of violent terrorism in the Horn of Africa and beyond, waged from Somalia. The radical Somali group al-Shabab had already made public threats against Uganda and Burundi, the two African countries that have contributed troops to African peace mission in Somalia. Today its commander admitted responsibility for the bombs.


The threat of terrorism emanating from Somalia is real, and equal to that from Afghanistan. As in Afghanistan, few days go by without an act of terrorism targeting civilians. Similar too is the magnitude in which they cause carnage to their people. Somalia today is a much more dangerous place for Somalis, for the region and for the rest of the world than it has ever been.

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