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    Twin Bomb Blasts Kill at Least 17, Injure 70 in Southwest Somalia – Reports

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – 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, 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.

    READ MORE:  Al-Shabaab Suicide Bomber Kills 6 People, Including Mil Officials in Somalia


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