Twin Bomb Blasts Kill At Least 17, Wound 70 In Southwest Somalia - Reports

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Twin Bomb Blasts Kill at Least 17, Wound 70 in Southwest Somalia - Reports

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 14th October, 2018) At least 17 people were killed and another 70 injured as a result of two explosions in Somalia's southwestern city of Baidoa, local media reported Saturday citing officials.

First, a hand grenade was thrown at Bilan hotel, often visited by lawmakers and politicians, according to police sources as cited by the Garowe Online news website.

Soon after that, a suicide attacker caused another blast in a restaurant near the hotel, which resulted in high casualties, according to officials.

Al-Shabaab militants, who have sworn allegiance to the al-Qaeda terror group (banned in Russia), claimed responsibility for the attack.

Somalia has been engulfed in violence since the eruption of a civil war between clan-based armed factions in the early 1990s. Al-Shabaab is staging numerous attacks across the country in an attempt to impose a radical version of Sharia law.

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