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Suicide Bomber Kills 11 in Somalia, Including a Government Official

Commissioner Abdillahi Ali Waafow was among those killed in the attack, the secretary-general of the Marka town administration in the Lower Shabelle region, Mohamed Osmaan Yariisoow said

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Mohammed Yakubu
Mohammed Yakubu
Mohammed Yakubu is an investigative journalist reporting on public health, human rights, climate change, education, gender issues, and much more.

AFRICA.Somalia: 11 people died after a suicide bomber exploded at the entrance of a government building in southern Somalia. The attack which was launched by an Al-Shabaab jihadist occurred yesterday.

The people killed in the incident include a district commissioner, Ali Waafow and some of his security men. Mohamed Osmaan Yariisoow, the secretary-general of Marka town administration in the Lower Shabelle region, told The Associated Press via a phone conversation.

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His words, “Minutes after we had concluded a meeting we had at the district headquarters and were on our way out, we found an unknown man approached us and blew himself up.”

The Somalia-based extremist group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. Marka town is about 100 kilometres south of Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia.

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“I heard a huge blast. I ran toward the explosion scene. I have seen with my own eyes several bodies and remains of human flesh scattered on the ground,” said a witness Hassan Abdullahi.

In another development, Ethiopian forces said they killed 85 al-Shabaab insurgents during border breach clashes on Monday. According to Reuters, “The insurgents were killed days after they staged rare raids in the area.”

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The past unrestrained attacks on Somalia by the brazen terror group, indicate that the group want to topple the government and impose Islamic law on the country.

Al-Shabab has been fighting Somali governments and African Union peacekeepers since 2007. It has carried out many deadly attacks in Kenya and Uganda.

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    Mohammed Yakubu is an investigative journalist reporting on public health, human rights, climate change, education, gender issues, and much more.

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