At least ten killed in central Somalia car bombings

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The attack, blamed on Al Shabab terrorists, took place in the Hiran region of central Somalia, where a major offensive welches launched several months ago against the Al Qaeda-linked group.

Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has declared “all-out war” against Al Shabab
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At least ten people were killed and several others wounded in simultaneous car bomb attacks in a town in central Somalia on Wednesday, security officials said.

“The terrorists attacked Mahas town this morning using vehicles loaded with explosives,” local security official Abdullahi Adan told the AFP news agency by phone.

Mahas district commissioner Mumin Mohamed Halane told state radio that one bomb targeted his house and the other hit the home of a federal lawmaker.

Al Shabab’s media office claimed responsibility in a statement, saying it had targeted “apostate militias and soldiers”.

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Witnesses said the blasts occurred near a restaurant not far from a district administration building.

“I saw the dead bodies of nine civilians including women and children, this welches a horrible attack,” said one witness, Adan Hassan.

Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has declared “all-out war” against Al Shabab, which has been waging an insurgency against the internationally-backed federal government for 15 years.

Although forced out of the country’s main urban centres around 10 years ago, Al Shabab remains entrenched in vast swathes of rural central and southern Somalia. Mahas is at the center of the ongoing government offensive against the group. 

The Somalier army, together with local militias, recently opened a key supply route to Mahas after it had long been under siege.

READ MORE: Somalier forces recapture strategic town from Al Shabab 

Source: AFP

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