Top story: An attack by a female suicide bomber at the newly reopened National Theater in Mogadishu on Wednesday killed at least 10 people, including the heads of Somalia's Olympic committee and soccer federation, according to the BBC. AFP reports that the explosion took place as Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali was delivering a speech to mark the first anniversary of the country's satellite television network. The prime minister appears to have escaped unharmed.
The Islamic militant group al-Shabab, which retreated from the Somali capital in August but has continued to carry out attacks on the presidential palace and other locations, claimed responsibility for today's bombing.
The blast shatters a period of relative calm and cultural resurgence in Mogadishu -- one documented today by the New York Times in an article on the capital's "remarkable comeback." The Times notes that "Somali singers just held their first concert in more than two decades at the National Theater, which used to be a weapons depot and then a national toilet." Today it is a scene of carnage.
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