Sunday, May 20, 2012

Explosions kill 11 in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu

Somalia government soldiers secure the scene of a bomb attack. (file photo)
Somalia government soldiers secure the scene of a bomb attack. (file photo)
Sat May 19, 2012 6:8PM GMT
At least 9 people, mostly soldiers, have been killed in four separate bomb attacks in Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu, Press TV reports.

On Saturday, a roadside bomb killed 6 soldiers who were on a security mission in Gubta-gar village.

Another roadside bomb exploded in Gubadley village also left at least two AMISOM forces death.

Meanwhile, two separate grenade attacks by unknown assailants killed at least three people and injured eight others near the capital’s Bakara market.

“The grenades thrown by unidentified assailant hit a restaurant near Abdalla Shideye Mosque, killed one civilians and two soldiers,” an eye witness told Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack. However officials are blaming al-Shabab militants.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

The weak Western-backed transition government in Mogadishu has been battling al-Shabab fighters for the past five years, and is propped up by a 12,000-strong African Union force from Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti.

Somalia is one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world.


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