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Video shows airport workers were part of Somalia bombing

By Shawn Price   |   Feb. 8, 2016 at 10:20 PM

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Closed circuit TV video released Monday appears to show Mogadishu airport workers handing a laptop computer to the suspected suicide bomber who later tried to bring down a Daallo Airlines flight.

The video, released by the Somali government, shows the hand off happening in an area past Mogadishu's Aden Adde International Airport's security checkpoint with at least one of the alleged accomplices dressed like an airport worker, a government official said. Investigators believe the laptop to actually be the bomb that nearly took down the plane.

The bomber, 55-year-old Abdullahi Abdisalam Borleh, -- who was supposed to be on a Turkish Airlines flight that was canceled due to bad weather -- was the only victim of the bomb when it blew up near him and sucked him out the side of the plane at 11,000 feet. The pilot was still able to safely land the plane back at the airport.

Since the video was first seen by investigators, at least 20 people -- including multiple airport workers -- have been arrested for some level of involvement. Though no one has taken credit for the bombing, Somalia has been battling extremist group al-Shabab, an al-Qaida ally, for years. The group targets people who don't adhere to its extremist ideology.

"At first, I thought it was a window breaking," said the pilot, captain Vladimir Vodopivec. "However, we soon sensed the smell of the explosives when smoke came rushing into the cockpit."

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North Korea boat crosses south of disputed Northern Limit Line

A Seoul military official said the vessel returned north of the line after South Korea fired warning shots.
By Elizabeth Shim   |   Feb. 8, 2016 at 9:45 PM
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SEOUL, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A North Korean patrol boat crossed a disputed maritime demarcation line, causing South Korea's military to fire warning shots at the vessel.

The boat crossed the Northern Limit Line less than two days after Pyongyang launched into orbit the Kwangmyongsong-4, an earth observation satellite, South Korean news network MBN reported.

South Korea military vessels issued warnings four times, but the North Korean patrol boat did not stop, South Korean television network KBS reported.

The boat managed to reach 300 meters south of the NLL, after crossing the line around 6:55 a.m. local time early Monday.

A Seoul military official said the vessel returned north of the line after South Korea fired warning shots. Five shots in total were fired from a naval 76-mm gun, and in 20 minutes the patrol boat returned to the north of the NLL.

"After trespassing the NLL in the West Sea, through the issuance of warning shots [the military] was able to drive out the boat immediately," said Jeon Ha-gyu, a spokesman for the South's Joint Chiefs.

Another military source said Seoul has been closely watching the NLL area since the start of North Korea provocations in January.

"We have been monitoring North Korea troop movements, while staying on high alert in a state of preparedness," the source said.

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