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Twin Suicide Bombs Claimed by al Shabaab Kill 20 in Somalia

The bombs went off at a local government headquarters, according to officials and witnesses

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    Members of Somalia's al- Shabab militant group patrol on foot on the outskirts of Mogadishu on March, 5, 2012. The group claimed responsibility for twin attacks that killed 20 people in the country's Puntland region.

    Suicide bombers from the militant al Shabaab group detonated two car bombs, killing more than 20 people on Sunday, NBC News reports. 

    The group, which has carried out deadly attacks in the Horn of Africa country as it tries to topple the Western-backed government, claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

    Residents in the north central Somalian town of Galkayo said they heard two loud blasts followed by heavy gunfire. The bombs went off at a local government headquarters in the country’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, officials and witnesses said. 

    Al Shabaab has become more active in Puntland since moving more forces there after being pushed out of strongholds farther south by an African Union force and the Somali National Army, experts and officials say.

    Pig Escapes Slaughterhouse Fate, Sells Original Paintings

    [NATL] Pig Escapes Slaughterhouse Fate, Sells Original Paintings

    A pig who escaped slaughter is now living out her life in a South African sanctuary and painting original works that have sold for up to $2,000.

    "She was really small when I rescued her," said Joanne Lefson, who manages the South African Farm Sanctuary, a haven for rescued farm animals where the pig now lives. "She's very smart and intelligent so I placed a few balls and some paintbrushes and things in her pen, and it wasn't long before I discovered that she really liked the bristles and the paintbrush...She just really took a knack for it."

    Funds from the art sales go towards the sanctuary.

    (Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017)