Suicide bomber kills 11 in Somalia, including government official — Transcontinental Times

AFRICA.Somalia: 11 people have died after a suicide bomber exploded at the entrance to a government building in southern Somalia. The attack that was launched by an Al-Shabaab jihadist happened yesterday.

Those killed in the incident include a district commissioner, Ali Waafow and some of his security men. Mohamed Osmaan Yariisoow, secretary general of the Marka town administration in the Lower Shabelle region, told The Associated Press via a telephone conversation.

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His words, “A few minutes after concluding a meeting we had at district headquarters and were about to leave, we discovered that an unknown person had approached us and blown himself up.

Somalia-based extremist group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. The town of Marka lies about 100 kilometers south of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

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“I heard a huge explosion. I ran towards the scene of the explosion. I saw with my own eyes several bodies and remains of human flesh scattered on the ground. said a witness Hassan Abdullahi.

In a separate development, Ethiopian forces said they killed 85 al-Shabaab insurgents in border clashes on Monday. According to Reuters, “The insurgents were killed within days of staging rare raids in the area.”

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Past rampant attacks on Somalia by the brazen terror group indicate that the group wants to overthrow the government and impose Islamic law on the country.

Al-Shabab has been fighting Somali governments and African Union peacekeepers since 2007. It has carried out numerous deadly attacks in Kenya and Uganda.

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