At least 18 killed in So­ma­lia bomb­ings: of­fi­cials

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

At least 18 peo­ple were killed in So­ma­lia on Satur­day in two bomb at­tacks car­ried out by sus­pected Shabab mil­i­tants in the south of the coun­try and the cap­i­tal Mo­gadishu, of­fi­cials said.

In the first at­tack, a sui­cide bomber drove a ve­hi­cle laden with ex­plo­sives into a base on the out­skirts of the south­ern city of Kis­mayo, where African Union peace­keep­ers from Kenya as well as So­mali gov­ern­ment sol­diers are sta­tioned.

In a sec­ond at­tack late Satur­day, at least four civil­ians died when a car bomb went off near a po­lice sta­tion in Mo­gadishu, of­fi­cials said.

“A minibus loaded with ex­plo­sives was det­o­nated in­side the train­ing part of the mil­i­tary camp,” Mo­hamed Abisalad, a So­mali mil­i­tary of­fi­cial in Kis­mayo, told AFP.

“Four­teen sol­diers were con­firmed dead and more than 20 wounded,” he added.

Wit­nesses said the wounded sol­diers were ad­mit­ted to Kis­mayo’s main hos­pi­tal. Eye­wit­ness Adan Hus­sein also said at least 10 sol­diers died in the at­tack.

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