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Blast kills three in south Somalia

Hiiraan Online
By Shafi’i Mohyaddin
Monday, February 03, 2014

At least three people have been killed and 7 others wounded in a remote-controlled mine blast at a tea shop in the town of Beled Hawo, south of the country on Sunday afternoon, government officials confirmed.

The blast occurred at about 3:30 PM local time on Sunday afternoon in the town’s main market killing three people on the spot while 7 others sustained serious injuries, according to the town’s Governor Mahmoud Ahmed Nur, popularly known as Beehaani.

“Al Shabaab terrorists have been responsible for heinous crimes against innocent civilians, the security services are exerting all efforts to search and bring to justice the perpetrators and we will give more information after investigations have ended,” the Governor told the VOA Somali service later on the day.

He said that all killed in the blast were young people including a high school graduate boy.

“The mine blast caused a huge fire that spread into different parts in the market destroying at least 10 warehouses,” Mr Beehaani said adding that his administration is trying to establish the full extent of damage by Sunday’s fire at Beled Hawo market.

Beled Hawo or Bulo Hawo, is located along the triangle border between Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.


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