Suicide blast in central Somalia kills 12

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MOGADISHU (AFP) – At least 12 people died Saturday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant in the central Somali town of Beledweyne, witnesses said.“It was horrible, I counted 12 people killed — among them soldiers — and many others were injured,” Mohamed Islow Ali, a witness, told AFP by telephone.“There were a lot of people in the restaurant when the bomber blew himself up, many people have died including civilians,” Hussein Ali, another witness said.No one has claimed the attack, which targeted a restaurant said to be popular with soldiers.In June 2009, 20 people including Somalia’s security minister were killed in Beledweyne, when a suicide bomb blast claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab ripped through a hotel.The town lies some 300 kilometres (185 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu close to the border with Ethiopia.

Source: Vanguard News

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