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Mon Jun 27 11:28:53 CAT 2016

Six killed in two bomb blasts in Somalia

Sapa-dpa | 09 April, 2014 14:01
A man walks past the scene of an explosion in this file photo.
Image by: OMAR FARUK / REUTERS

At least five civilians were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Somalia, while another explosion in capital Mogadishu killed a government official, officials and witnesses said Wednesday.

Several African Union (AU) peacekeepers and civilians were killed and many others injured when a roadside bomb exploded outside an AU military base in the southern port town of Kismayo in the lower Juba region, according to Juba administration official Abdinasir Seerar.

"We are not sure yet about how many were killed or wounded, but the explosion was a powerful one, and it was followed by several bullets fired by (AU) troops," Seerar told dpa.

At least five dead civilians and several injured people were brought to Kismayo General Hospital, a medical supervisor told dpa on the condition of anonymity.

The target of the attack was a convoy of Burundian soldiers belonging to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), witnesses said. Al-Qaeda-linked extremist group al-Shabaab was suspected of conducting the attack, officials said.

The group has claimed responsibility for a number of similar attacks in Kismayo in the past few weeks.

In the capital Mogadishu, meanwhile, Wadajir district secretary Mohamud Deel was killed by a car bomb early on Wednesday.

His bodyguards were injured.

"The victim was preparing to go to his office at the time of the bomb explosion," according to Wadajir governor Ahmed Hassan Adow.

The attacks come after AU troops and Somali armed forces pushed al-Shabaab out of several strategic towns in south and central Somalia last month.

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