5 Killed in Roadside Bomb in Somalia

Published September 15th, 2019 - 08:57 GMT
A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the Medina hotel in the port town of Kismayo before several heavily armed gunmen forced their way inside, shooting as they went, authorities said. AFP
A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the Medina hotel in the port town of Kismayo before several heavily armed gunmen forced their way inside, shooting as they went, authorities said. AFP
Highlights
Deputy governor, former state minister killed in Al-Shabaab-claimed attack.

At least five people -- including a deputy governor and a former minister -- were killed and several others wounded in a roadside blast targeting their vehicle in the Middle Shabelle region of Somalia on Sunday, police said.

Mahamud Dhuhlow, a police officer in the region, told Anadolu Agency over the phone the incident took place near the town of Bal’ad, located 40 kilometers (24 miles) northeast of Somali capital Mogadishu.

Hirshabelle State President Mohamed Abdi Ware confirmed the attack and the deaths of Deputy Governor of Middle Shabelle region Abdullahi Sitawe and former Hirshabelle’s Business Minister Sabriye Osman.

Soldiers from Hirshabelle are also among the dead, according to local media.

Somali-based al-Qaeda affiliated group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

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