19 November 2009

Somalia: Blast Wounds 5, Convulses North of Galka'o Town

Galka'o — At least 5 people have been wounded in Galka'o town overnight after big blast convulsed in north of the town in Mudug region, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Thursday.

Locals said that the explosion was a grenade targeted to a checkpoint of the troops of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland near the centre of Galka'o town which could be heard in all directions of the town injuring 5 civilians there in Mudug region.

We had contacted with of the security officials of the region to know more on how the explosion happened. But it was too difficult to get them through the telephone though the high commander of the police forces of Puntland administration told reporters that they could not pay further details about the blast.

The troops in the targeted checkpoint opened fire to several directions in the town after the explosion which lastly caused to injure more civilians who were around the area of the accident and residents said that the wounded people were more than the number mentioned and rushed to a hospital.

The explosions and planned killings are part of more insecurity actions rising in Galka'o town recently which are often targeted to the officials of the semi autonomous region of Puntland in north of the country.

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