Somalia: 6 people killed in suicide bomb attack

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At least six people died when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant in central Somalia on Sunday.

Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab is claiming responsibility for the attack which also wounded several people. Local residents in the central city of Beledweyne say clan elders are among those killed in the blast.

 

Suicide bomber attack

Police officers and local residents gave accounts of the attack to reporters on Sunday, as they came to terms with the latest attack claimed by Al-Shabaab.

“At least six people died and several others were wounded. A suicide bomber blew up himself in a restaurant,” one police officer told Reuters, following the attack.

The suicide bomber detonated his device in a restaurant just outside the office of a senior official in Beledweyne City – around 340km north of Mogadishu. The governor of the Hiran was holding a meeting in his office when the bomb was detonated, according to officials and local witnesses.

 

Al-Shabaab claims attack

Al-Shabaab quickly claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack.

“We are behind the attack at the Hiran governor’s headquarters,” said Al-Shabaab spokesman, Abdiasis Abu Musab. “There are casualties. We targeted the workers of the Hiran administration,” he added.

Local elders confirmed they were on their way to a meeting in the governor’s office when the blast occurred.

 

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.