Somalia suicide bombing kills 10, injures 15
Somalia suicide bombing kills 10, injures 15

A suicide explosion in the Somalian town of Beledweyne killed at least ten people and injured 15 more, according to police. According to media sources, a suicide bomber wearing explosive vests around his waist blew himself up inside Hassan Dhiif Restaurant on Saturday.

"The town is gearing up for parliamentary elections on Sunday, and many people were reported to be inside the restaurant, which is near to the district offices in Beledweyne," the statement said. According to witnesses, the election of roughly 25 parliamentarians was set to take place in Beledweyne on Sunday, and a large number of delegates had gathered in the town.

The most recent incident occurred only hours after security personnel loyal to National Security Advisor Fahad Yasin arrived in town from Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, ahead of Yasin's election on Sunday. Abdirahman Keynan, the deputy district commissioner for social affairs, was among those murdered in the latest suicide attack, according to state-run Radio Mogadishu.

"The majority of those killed were civilians who had rushed to the tea store. The injured were rushed to hospitals for treatment. Security officers have cordoned off the area," a witness stated. In the midst of the heavy police presence, a journalist who was stuck inside the scene said he saw multiple bodies lying on the ground.

"I'm trapped inside the building that was bombed by terrorists. "I saw dead bodies and injured people laying on the ground," a radio journalist told media. "There is a huge presence of police forces here now." The raid comes after the Somali government sent many security officers to the area a few weeks earlier.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the recent incident, the al-Shabab terror group is known to carry out similar attacks in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia.

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