Somalia: 8 killed in Bay region market explosion

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At least eight people have been killed in an explosion at a livestock market in Somalia’s southwestern Bay region.

Local official Hassan Bayow confirmed another 40 people were injured in the blast, which he suspects was carried out by al-Shabaab militant. Speaking to Radio Kulmiye on Wednesday, Bayow said people at the market in Goof Gaduud village had refused to pay the extremist group for protection.

Market explosion in Bay region

While Hassan Bayow suspects the attack was carried out by al-Shabaab, no group has stepped forward to claim responsibility for the explosion on Wednesday. The official said those killed in the blast were nomadic civilians visiting the market for business when a bomb attached to the side of the market detonated.

Those injured in the explosion were taken to hospitals in Baidoa, roughly 30km southeast of Goof Gaduud.

The incident comes days after the US military said it had killed eight al-Shabaab militants during airstrikes in response to a recent attack on Somali troops accompanied by US advisors.

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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.