Somalia: 8 killed in Bay region market explosion
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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