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Somalia: Bomb explodes near government building in Kismayo town


KISMAYO, Somalia- At least 3 people were reported injured in an explosion that hit Kismayo town, the regional capital of Jubaland state on Wednesday, Garowe Online reports.

A landmine that was planted nearby the municipality office in Kismayo town and frequented by Jubaland state troops has exploded, according to eyewitnesses.

 “A blast has ripped through a restaurant opposite the administrative headquarter of the town, wounding 3 soldiers,” said the source. 

Jubaland’s Police forces spokesman, Jama Hasan Ahmed, confirmed the blasts but stated no causalities among the state forces.  

No group claimed responsibility, but the Police official accused Al Shabaab group behind the blast, as it carried out similar attacks targeting officials, civilians and security forces.However, Police forces have arrived the scene and conducting investigations into the attack, according to the Police official.  

Al Qaida linked Al Shabaab group has intensified its sporadic attacks recently in central and southern Somalia in a bid to topple the weak UN-backed Somali Federal government in the capital of Mogadishu.


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