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Somalia Has Been Hit With Another Terrorist Attack Killing Over 29 People

Somali authorities have imposed a restriction on large trucks and tankers inside the capital after this recent wave of tragic attacks.

Mogadishu just can't seem to catch a break as insurgents continue to pull off deadly assaults in the heart of the capital.

The Somali city was hit with another terrorist attack on hotel Sunday, where over 29 people were killed during a siege lasting nearly 12 hours, Reuters reports.


This prompted the government to let go of two top security officials—Intel Chief Abdullahi Mohamed Sanbalolshe and Commander of Police Adbihakim Saiid.

Al Shabbab has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place ahead of a planned gathering between the federal government and regional states to try to defuse tensions between both entities. Government officials convened at the hotel to talk strategy.

Three militants were captured alive and two others self-detonated themselves after they were shot, police say. It's suspected that some militants may have disguised themselves and escaped with the residents who were rescued from the hotel.

"They had the uniforms of security forces, even though they did not have ID cards," Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman tells Reuters.

As of Monday morning, Somali authorities have imposed a daytime ban on the movement of large trucks and road tankers inside Mogadishu in efforts to improve security.

"Trucks and tankers cannot pass...from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. This is to ensure security and (to offer) a solution to the complaints of the public," Tabid Abdi, the capital's mayor, says in a statement. "Any truck or tanker driver who does not comply will be fined $1,000."

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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


Focalistic Ke Star (Official Music Video) ft Vigro Deep www.youtube.com

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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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The Tanzanian music icon and American star team up on the track from her new album, ALICIA.