Somalia: Residential explosion kills 2 in Baladweyne
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Two people have been killed and two others were also injured in bomb explosion in Baladweyne town, some 335km north of Somali capital Mogadishu. Friday’s explosion detonated in a residence of ex-deputy police boss, Mukhtar Hussein in Baladweyne town, leaving two dead, a witness said. He says Hussein was unharmed, but two of his guards were killed and two others injured when bomb explosive concealed in the house exploded. A woman was among the victims, a witness, who asked to be anonymous, said. Somali police soldiers arrived at the scene of the explosion and launched an operation over the bomb attack in Baladweyne town. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday’s explosion. But, such attacks are often carried out by Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group in Somalia, battling against Somali army forces and African Union peacekeeping troops in the war-ravaged nation. The group carried out earlier this week double suicide bomb explosion near Somali Presidential Palace in the capital, leaving 24 people dead and 40 others injured. The Al Qaeda inspired group, which once controlled much of the capital of Mogadishu in 2011, wants to topple the weak-western backed government of Somalia.