The Latitude News office is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, right up the road form the madness that has unfolded in the Boston area over the last week. We feel the tragedy of the marathon bombing and subsequent events as sharply as everyone else in the city. And it reminded us that Boston briefly resembled a scene from war zones around the world.
This week 30 people were killed and 50 injured during an insurgent attack in Mogadishu, Somalia. Al Shabaab took credit for several car and suicide bombings, as well as an hour-and-a-half shootout at Somalia’s Supreme Court, reports AllAfrica. A suicide bomber blew himself up at the courthouse entrance, creating an opening for militants to surge inside.
Despite this tragedy, Somalia’s president sent his condolences to Boston: “America will awake today stronger than ever, and such attack cannot shake the spirit and morale of the great people of the United States of America.”
On Thursday night, a bombing at a popular café in Baghdad killed 27 people and injured 50. This was the deadliest attack in Iraq in one month, and it comes just days before Iraq’s first election since U.S. troops withdrew.
As France24 reports, “Diplomats have raised questions over the credibility of the vote, however, as a spike in violence has left at least 14 candidates dead and a third of the country’s provinces are not even taking part, including two where authorities say security cannot be guaranteed.”
Under the oppressive leadership of President Bashar al-Assad, Syria continues to descend into chaos, as The Guardian reports. March was the bloodiest month on record, with 6,000 Syrians perishing.
“’I can’t sleep any more,’ one local man complained as outgoing artillery fire rattled the windows and crystal chandeliers in his front room – terrifyingly close to the front line of a battle whose outcome could determine the fate of this country.”