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Seven killed in market blast in southwestern Somalia

At least seven people were killed and 11 injured in a bomb blast targeting a crowded market in south-west Somalia on Friday.

The blast occurred in the city of Bardale, about 60 kilometers west of Baidoa, the provincial capital of the Gulf region.

“The explosive device was placed somewhere in the market, and exploded this morning as shoppers, mainly from rural areas, crowded the market,” city district commissioner Mohammad Isaac Arase told VOA.

An eyewitness who spoke to VOA said, “Many people from nearby villages and rural areas – including consumers of alcoholic cots – often throng this market every Friday to shop, but unfortunately Since this morning it was a scene of blood and chaos.” Somali service on condition of anonymity.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Bardale District Commissioner Mohamed Isaac Arase alleged the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab was behind the attack.

“At least seven civilians were killed and 11 others were injured in the explosion,” Aras said. There are clearly al-Shabaab terrorists behind this, and they have done so in order to avenge civilians for the frequent attacks by government troops on their bases in the region.

The latest blow comes as the Horn of African nation concluded its indirect elections for 54 senators in the federal parliament’s upper house, including 14 women, and its efforts to elect 275 members of the lower house before the end of parliament. is preparing. Year.

In July, al-Shabaab threatened to disrupt upcoming elections and vowed to attack electoral representatives who choose members of parliament.

The head of the UN aid mission in Somalia, James Swan, said on Wednesday that nearly 1,000 civilians have been killed or injured in armed conflict in Somalia so far this year, with the al-Shabaab group accounting for two-thirds of civilian casualties.

VOA Somali reporter Mukhtar Atosh contributed from Baidoa.

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