On Wednesday, several people were hurt, and at least nine people were murdered in simultaneous car explosions in central Somalia (January 4). Abdullahi Adan, a local security officer, told the news agency AFP that militants assaulted the Mahasa district on Wednesday morning using explosives-laden vehicles.
“They have targeted a civilian area and we have confirmed that nine people, all of them civilians, died in the two explosions,” Adan said. The Hiran region includes the Mahasa district. According to witnesses, the explosions happened close to a restaurant in Mahas that is not far from a district administrative office. The bombings have been attributed to Al-Shabaab. According to Osman Nur, a police commander in Mahas, the terrorists have turned to attack civilians after being defeated, but this won’t deter the public’s will to keep fighting them. “They have killed innocent civilians in the explosions,” Nur said.
Previously, on October 29, two vehicle explosions in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, claimed the lives of over 100 people. The building housing the education ministry was the site of the blasts, which Somalia’s president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud attributed to Al-Shabad. Eight civilians were killed on November 27, over a month later, during a 21-hour siege at a hotel in Mogadishu that was well-liked by politicians and government officials. This occurred only three months after an August siege at another hotel in the nation’s capital resulted in at least 21 deaths. Meanwhile, 30 people, including local leaders, were killed in a quadruple-vehicle bombing in Beledweyne on October 3.
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