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Al-Shabab bombing targets regional officials


Tuesday March 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — In Somalia multiple casualties have been reported following a suicide bombing in Bardhere in the southern Gedo region.

A resident told VOA Somali that a car filled with explosives was detonated at a building in in the town’s center housing regional officials, early Tuesday.

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At least two soldiers are believed to have died and an unspecified number of other people were injured in the attack according to the resident.

The al-Shabab militant group immediately claimed responsibility.

In a Telegram post, the group said a bomber drove a suicide car bomb into a building where regional officials were meeting to plan anti-al-Shabab mobilization.

Since August last year al-Shabab has lost significant territory in central Somalia following community-level mobilization in support of federal government forces.

In retaliation, Al-Shabab has carried out a series of attacks targeting towns, clan elders and local militia commanders involved in mobilizations against the group.

On February 21, al-Shabab militants raided a Mogadishu care home for members of the pro-government forces who have been injured in military operations, killing ten people.

On March 7, the group carried a complex attack on a military base in Janaa Cabdalle, 60 kilometers west of Kismayo, killing at least five soldiers.





 





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