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Mogadishu mayor 'still unconscious' after suicide attack

Friday July 26, 2019

The mayor of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, is to be flown to Turkey for treatment along with several others injured in Wednesday's suicide attack that killed six people, officials have told BBC Somali.

Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman is still unconscious, the officials, who did not want to be named, said.

A female suicide bomber blew herself up inside the mayor's office during a security meeting.

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Militant Islamist group al-Shabaab says it carried out the attack, hoping to target the new UN special envoy to Somalia, James Swan, a US citizen.

But he had met the mayor earlier, leaving before the blast occurred.

In a statement condemning the attack, Mr Swan said that it "not only demonstrates a violent disregard for the sanctity of human life, but also targets Somalis working to improve the lives of their fellow Somalis".

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