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Published On: Mon, Feb 29th, 2016

Somalia: Al-Shabab attacks kill over 30 people in two separate bomb attacks Baidoa

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Araweelo News Network

baydhaboqaraxyoMogadishu(ANN) Al-Shabab militants in Somalia have killed at least 20 people in two separate bomb attacks northwest of the country’s capital, police officers say.

According to police officer Major Bilow Nurr, the incidents occurred on Sunday when the Al-shabab bombed a busy junction and a nearby restaurant in the town of Baidoa, located about 245 kilometers northwest of Mogadishu.

“The restaurant and the junction were very busy and the death toll may rise,” Nurr was quoted as saying by Reuters, adding that 10 others had been wounded in the attacks.

Describing the attack, Nurr said, a suicide car bomb blew up at the junction while a bomber attacked the restaurant.

“I heard a huge crash at the busy junction and as I ran, I heard another blast at a restaurant ahead of me. The whole place was covered by smoke,” said a witness, adding that he had seen 11 bodies.

Claiming responsibility for the deadly attacks, Al-Shabab spokesman Abdiaziz Abu Mus’ab said, “We targeted government officials and forces.”

As recently as Friday the Al-Shabab group attacked a hotel and a nearby public garden in the capital Mogadishu, killing more than 16 people and injuring over 25 others.

Somalia has been the scene of deadly clashes between government forces and al-Shabab elements since 2006.

The Al-shabaab have been pushed out of Mogadishu and other major cities by government troops and the African Union Mission to Somalia, which is largely made up of troops from Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Sierra Leone, and Kenya.

Al-Shabab, which pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2012, has been behind violence and chaos in Somalia since 2006, targeting key government and security figures in the country.

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- Arraale Mohamoud Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights Activist Arraale, is a 20 year experience as a professional Journalist and human rights activist Over the years, worked for the major News Papers in Somaliland as a reporter, editor and contributor. 2008 established website Araweelo News Network, he currently runs a web site based in Somaliland. who is the specializes in the investigation and reporting on issues relating to human rights, democracy, and good governance. contact: Send an SMS or MMS to + 252 63 442 5380 WhatsApp + 252 65 910 7347.

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