​Somalia: Mother, two children wounded in Baidoa blast


BAIDOA, Somalia- A hand grenade bomb explosion in Baidoa town, the interim capital of Southwest state has left at least three civilians wounded, Garowe Online reports.

The local Police said a mother and her two children were injured in the attack, which was aimed to kill a prominent Somali elder Isaaq Mohamed, who involved in the election of Somali Parliamentary election.

"Suspected Al shabaab assailants hurled a grenade into a house in Baidoa, targeting Isaaq Mohamed who was among the electoral delegates voted for the new MPs of the Parliament," said a Police officer.

The elder has escaped the assassination attempt, however his wife and two children have sustained slight wounds in the grenade blast in Baidoa last night, according to the local administration officials.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bomb attack in Baidoa, 250 km south-west of Mogadishu, but Police blamed Al shabaab for the assassination attempt against the well-known clan elder.

The al Qaida-linked Al Shabaab has threatened to kill the Somali elders involved in the electoral process of the Federal Parliament, and killed several of them in the capital Mogadishu and elsewhere in the country.