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Twin suicide blasts kill 7 in Somalia

Monday August 17, 2020

At least seven people were killed and 5 others wounded on Monday in twin suicide bombings targeting a military base in Somalia, officials said.

The fatalities include three soldiers, two suicide bombers and other 2 senior officials.

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Military officials say that Gofgadud Burey district commissioner Isaq Ali and Hassan Baka, district police commander were also killed in the attack on the military base.

After the bombings, al-Shabaab militants entered the military base in the vicinity of Gofgadud Burey, a town on the outskirts of the city of Baidoa, Bay region, Adan Kheyrow, a military official in the region, told Anadolu Agency by phone.

Kheyrow said the Somali army repulsed the attack and the base is in their control.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack comes after Somali security forces ended an hours-long siege by al-Shabaab militants at a popular hotel in the capital Mogadishu that claimed the lives of at least 16 people.

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