Somalia restaurant bomb blast kills at least 5 – Middle East Monitor

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At least five people, including civilians, were killed and more than six others injured when a bomb exploded in a busy restaurant in southern Somalia on Sunday, officials said, Anadolu Agency reported.

The bomb explosion took place near the town of Awdingle, 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the town of Baidoa, the provincial capital of Bay region in South West State.

“The attack was a remote-controlled bomb that was camouflaged and smuggled into the restaurant and killed at least five people, including a soldier,” Baidoa police officer Omar Mahamed told Anadolu Agency by phone. .

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An eyewitness said Anadolu Agency that they had seen several wounded civilians, including a woman who was nearby doing errands.

Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group based in the Horn of Africa country, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted soldiers from South West State and killed at least two.

In October 2017, at least 300 people were killed in a truck bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu blamed on al-Shabaab – the deadliest terrorist attack in Somalia’s history.

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