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  • Somalia Bombings Kill 17 at Local Government HQ

  • Some of the bodies were discovered in nearby houses destroyed by the blasts, said Col. Muse Hassan, a senior police officer

Soldados somalíes montan guardia junto a un coche empleado en un ataque suicida en el exterior del Departamento de Investigación Criminal en Mogadiscio, Somalia, el 31 de julio de 2016. (Foto AP/Farah Abdi Warsameh), photo: AP/Farah Abdi Warsameh

21 of August 2016 14:31:38

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gates of a local government headquarters in Somalia while another bomber targeted a nearby marketplace, killing at least 17 people and wounding more than 30 others, police said Sunday.Abdisalam Yusuf with the police said one bomber rammed the car into a checkpoint in Galkayo town Sunday morning after reaching the main gate of Puntland's local government. Puntland, a semi-autonomous state in northern Somalia, controls the northern part of the town, while the southern part is controlled by rival regional state Galmudug.[caption id="attachment_31799" align="alignleft" width="208"]Map locates a suicide attack in Galkayo, Somalia; 1c x 2 1/2 inches; 46.5 mm x 63 mm; Map locates a suicide attack in Galkayo, Somalia. Graphic: AP[/caption]Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke condemned the twin blasts, saying that "evil-doers" had targeted innocent civilians.The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group claimed responsibility for the attack. The town, unlike other parts of the country where al-Shabab continues a deadly guerrilla campaign, rarely sees such attacks.The town's main hospital received more than 15 wounded people, including some with horrific wounds, a nurse, Abdikareem Ali, said."Some of them were burnt beyond recognition. It was a dark day," he said.Some of the bodies were discovered in nearby houses destroyed by the blasts, said Col. Muse Hassan, a senior police officer.Al-Shabab is waging an insurgency against Somalia's weak U.N.-backed government with the goal of establishing an Islamic emirate, ruled by a strict version of Shariah law.More than 22,000 peacekeepers are deployed in Somalia in the multi-national African Union force. Al-Shabab opposes the presence of foreign troops in the country.

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