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Somali bomber leaves message for youth

world Updated: Oct 07, 2011 00:40 IST

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The suicide bomber who killed more than 100 people, including students seeking scholarships, in an attack near Somalia's education ministry was a school dropout who had declared that young people should wage jihad and forget about secular education.

Bashar Abdullahi Nur, who was to blame for the huge explosion on Tuesday that covered the capital, Mogadishu, in dust up to half a mile away, gave an interview before the attack.

"Now those who live abroad are taken to a college and never think about the hereafter. They never think about the harassed Muslims," he said in the interview broadcast on Wednesday by a militant-run radio station.

The UN said on Thursday that more than 100 people had died in the explosion in Mogadishu, in an attack that killed some of Somalia's brightest young minds.

This included students gathered around a noticeboard to find out who had been awarded scholarships from the Turkish government.