Explosion In Somali Refugee Camp After Media Visit

By Salon Staff

Published January 19, 2012 1:18PM (EST)

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A refugee camp leader in Somalia's capital says an improvised explosive device went off in her camp shortly after foreign journalists accompanied by U.N. officials visited there. The blast killed two Somalis.

Yasmin Ali, the camp organizer, said one refugee and one Somali soldier were killed in Thursday's blast.

Journalists from international agencies like The Associated Press, AFP, BBC and the Spanish newspaper El Pais were on the one-day trip to Mogadishu, which came six months after the U.N. declared famine in Somalia. The blast happened about 20 minutes after the journalists left the camp.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The aid group Doctors Without Borders says it is closing its two largest medical centers in Mogadishu after the shooting deaths of two staffers.

The group, which is also known as MSF, said Thursday the two 120-bed medical facilities treat malnutrition, measles and cholera.

The closure of the two facilities cuts in half the assistance that the aid group is providing in Mogadishu. MSF will continue to provide medical care in other areas of the capital, as well as in 10 other locations in Somalia.

Two MSF staffers were killed Dec. 29 by a disgruntled, gun-wielding Somali employee suspected of theft and receiving kickbacks.

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