Bomb assaults in Somalia kill a minimum of 20

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA – Somali officers say two explosions Wednesday within the Lower Shabelle area killed a minimum of 20 individuals, together with the mayor of the area’s capital. The Islamist militant group al-Shabab claimed duty for the assault.

The first assault was a suicide bomb focusing on authorities officers in town of Merca, the capital of Somalia’s Lower Shabelle area. The blast killed town’s mayor, Abdullahi Ali Wafow, and 12 different individuals, together with the mayor’s advisers. A lot of the mayor’s bodyguards have been injured.

A safety official within the area informed VOA by cellphone that the bombing came about close to Merca’s administration headquarters and focused the mayor.

The Islamist militant group al-Shabab claimed duty for the assault.

In a video posted on his Facebook web page, President Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed lashed out at al-Shabab and the suicide bomber.

He stated the victims have been killed by a suicide bomber who’s faithless and boastful and this can be a drawback dealing with the Somali individuals wherever they’re. After they attacked Somalia, he stated, he is certain they invaded neighboring international locations. The individuals of the Southwest and the federal government should arise and unite in opposition to the terrorists, he added.

In a separate incident on Wednesday, a bomb exploded at a busy livestock market within the city of Afgoye. Police say the assault was a landmine explosion.

Eyewitnesses and medical sources in Afgoye informed VOA that the blast killed seven individuals and injured 14 others. Al-Shabab media stated the blast killed two troopers, however the group didn’t declare duty.

The group stated it attacked a convoy of Kenyan troops in a bomb assault close to the city of Mandera in northeastern Kenya.

The al-Qaida-affiliated group seems to have elevated the dimensions and scope of its assaults in latest days. A pressure of a number of hundred Shabab fighters crossed into jap Ethiopia final week, sparking confrontations with Ethiopian safety forces.

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