31 October 2012

Somalia: Deadly Blast in Kismayo Leaves Four Dead

Photo: Stuart Price/UN Photo
A.U. Troops in Kismayo, South Somalia.

Kismayo — Witnesses said at least four people lost their lives in a huge explosion happened on Tuesday night in Somalia's southern port city of Kismayo, former rebel bastion located 500 Km (310 miles) south of Mogadishu.

Tuesday's blast which used a hand grenade went off at a teashop, killing four nearby civilians on the spot, according to the eyewitnesses. Dozens wounded seriously, in the attack and they taken to a hospital in the city.

"It was an enormous deadly blast at a popular teashop packed by dozens of people, including soldiers," said resident, although government officials reported no army casualties.

No group has yet said it carried out the attack. Alarming Insecurity acts have been on the rise and rampant since the allied forces moved in the city early this month.

Kismayo, a strategic port city that had been a main stronghold of the Shebab for over three years, but the Islamists said they had pulled out on 3rd October after Kenyan troops from the AU force launched a beach assault.

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