| 20 April 2024, Saturday |

Somalia: Suicide blast leaves over a dozen dead

At least 14 people were killed in the Somali city of Beledweyne, when a suicide bomber on Saturday attacked a busy restaurant in the town which is situated 340 kilometres (210 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu.
Initially police had reported that 10 had been killed, however that number has risen.
“The number of people who have died in the heinous terrorist attack in Beledweyne today has increased from 10 people to 14 as of now,” police officer Mohamud Hassan told news agency AFP.

Islamist militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, and said in a statement that one of its fighters carried out the bombing.

According to witnesses the blast ripped through an open area at a popular eatery, as people were sitting down to lunch.

The attack has come ahead of a vote for parliamentary seats, and a number of the dead include government officials.
The Horn of Africa nation has been battling an insurgency by Islamist militant group al-Shabab.

The jihadist group has been fighting government forces since 2007. It had controlled Mogadishu until it was pushed out by African Union forces in 2011.

Al-Shabab has carried out regular attacks against military and civilian targets.

In November, the group claimed responsibility for a car bombing near a school in Mogadishu which killed at least eight people.

The November attack came days after the group said it killed a prominent journalist.

  • DW