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Somalia: At least 6 dead, 10 injured by a Suicide car bomb

A suicide bomber detonated in an explosives-laden vehicle.

A boy walks past the site of a car bomb attack near a security checkpoint in the Somali capital, not far from the presidential palace in Mogadishu, July 2019. Photography: File/AFP

The explosion took place outside a hotel hosting senior military officials in central Somalia,  on Saturday evening. The explosion kills at least six people, say police.

A powerful blast shattered the windows of Global Hotel in Galkayo town and destroyed several cars, said Col Ahmed Bishar. The hotel accommodates Somalia’s land forces commanders and other military officials who escaped unhurt, Bishar said.

No group has yet claimed the responsibility for the attack. However, al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaida, often carries out car bomb attacks on hotels, the Associated Press reports.

African Union force in Somalia continues to gradually withdraw personnel in preparation for Somali government forces to assume responsibility for the country’s security.

However, country like Kenya still keep her forces in the country due to its own National interests to ensure that Southern Somalia is devoid of Al-Shabaab. Somalian forces have been described by U.S. military officials and others as not yet ready for the job.

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