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Morning Security Brief: Somalia Bombing, Dallas Tornadoes, Insider Attacks Against NATO, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Somalia’s Olympic committee president and the head of its national soccer federation were among the at least 10 dead after a female suicide bomber attacked during a musical performance at a newly reopened theater. “The President of the Somali Olympic Committee, Aden Yabarow Wiish, and the Somali Football Federation chief, Said Mohamed Nur, were among a group of dignitaries who had gathered to mark the first anniversary of the launch of Somalia's national television station,” the BBC reports. Three journalists and dozens of guests were also wounded. Al-Shabab militants took credit for the attack.

►There are no reported deaths after a swarm of tornadoes that struck the Dallas Ft-Worth area on Tuesday and damaged hundreds of structures in the densely populated area. Ten to 12 tornadoes touched down during the storm. Authorities say it’s a miracle that no one was killed given the intensity of the storm and the number of people in the area. Meteorologist say the survival rate of a tornado is higher during the daylight hours because people are more likely to see warnings and take cover. “The U.S. tornado season has started early this year. Tornadoes have been blamed for 57 deaths so far in 2012 in the Midwest and South, raising concerns that this year would be a repeat of 2011, the deadliest year in nearly a century for the unpredictable storms,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

►NATO disputes that most insider attacks by Afghan soldiers or police have links to the Taliban or the insurgency saying stress is the common denominator in the attacks and that the specific reasons vary by individual. "Personal grievances are one of the major causes, plus a number of other causes including stress syndromes on soldiers who are living in a country that has been [enduring] 30 years of war," Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson, coalition spokesman said. Seventeen NATO members have been killed in 10 attacks by their Afghan counterparts in 2012, Voice of America reports.

►In other news, the UK Health Protection Agency is preparing a mass-gathering disease surveillance program for the upcoming Olympic games. ♦ A UN team of 200 monitors is expected to be on the ground within 24 hours to watch over a cease-fire agreed to by the Syrian government as part of a peace plan offered by Kofi Annan. Syria has promised to begin implementing the plan by April 10. ♦ And the FBI and DHS are investigating a Web site posting claming al Qaeda activity in New York. The posting contained a graphic featuring the New York skyline with text that says, “Al Qaeda Coming Soon Again to New York.”

 

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