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Somalia: Nine Killed in Car Bombings
By Staff, Agencies
Somalian reports announced on Wednesday that “At least nine people were killed, and several others wounded, in simultaneous car bomb attacks in a town in central the country.”
Local security official Abdullahi Adan stated that “The terrorists attacked Mahas town this morning using vehicles loaded with explosives,” noting that “They have targeted a civilian area and we have confirmed that nine people, all of them civilians, died in the two explosions.”
The attack, blamed on Al-Shabaab extremist militants, took place in the Hiran region of central Somalia, where a major offensive was launched several months ago against the Al-Qaeda- linked group.
“The terrorists, after having [been] defeated, resorted to desperately targeting civilians, but this will not stop the will of the people to continue defeating them,” said Osman Nur, a police commander in Mahas.
Witnesses said the blasts occurred near a restaurant not far from a district administration building in Mahas.
Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has declared “all-out war” against Al-Shabaab, which has been waging a bloody fight against the federal government for 15 years.
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