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Twin bombings rock Mogadishu

In Somalia, at least 18 people are killed after two car bombs rocked the capital on Friday evening. The al-Shabaab extremist group has claimed the attack. Also, over €400 million are pledged by international allies to help the G5 Sahel fight terrorism. And Liberia tries to drum up international tourism investment in the country after George Weah’s election win.

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We begin in Somalia, where at least 18 people are dead after two car bombs rocked the capital on Friday evening. At least 20 more were wounded. Both explosions occurred near the presidential residence and sustained gunfire also broke out in the area. The al-Shabaab extremist group has claimed the attack, saying they killed 15 soldiers.

In Nigeria, parents are fearing the worst for their missing daughters after an abduction by Boko Haram. Monday evening's assault on a state-run boarding school has been followed by confusion and conflicting reports from the government.

International donors have pledged over €400 million to help the G5 Sahel fund counterterror forces. At the Sahel Summit in Brussels on Friday, around 50 countries met to discuss regional problems including security and migrant flows.

Finally, while on a three-day state visit in Paris, Liberian President George Weah worked to drum up more investment in his country. Tourism and foreign financing are two ways he hopes to make Liberia the flagship destination of West Africa.

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