Baidoa suicide bombings leave 20 dead


The number of people killed in twin suicide bomb attacks on restaurants in Somalia’s southern city Baidoa stands at 20 and another 40 people were injured, a local hospital official said.

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in restaurants in Baidoa on Saturday evening. Islamist militant group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokesman for the group said it targeted the restaurants because they were frequented by government troops.

The attacks follow a US air strike last Friday against al Shabaab militants in Haradere, a district in Galmudug region. Al Shabaab wants to topple Somalia’s Western-backed central government and impose its own rule based on a strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.
“We received 20 dead people and about 40 injured in the twin blasts yesterday,” Abdifatah Hashi, general manager of Baidoa city hospital told reporters.

On Sunday, a year to the day when suspected al Shabaab bombings killed more than 500 people in Mogadishu, a Somali military court executed a man convicted of involvement in the attacks.
“The Somali military court today executed Hasan Aden Isak who was an al Shabaab member and accused of being behind the October bombing,” the court’s deputy prosecutor Mumin Hussein Abdullahi told state-run Radio Mogadishu.

Al Shabaab never claimed responsibility for the attacks, the deadliest since the group began its insurgency in 2007.

Somalia has been engulfed by violence and lawlessness since the early 1990s after the toppling of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.