25 May 2013

Somalia: Bomb in Busy Baidoa Market Kills 1, Injures 14

Baidao, Somalia — An explosion i n Baidoa's busy market killed 1 person and injured 14 on Saturday, Garowe Online reports.

The explosion occurred Saturday morning after a grenade was hurled at an Ethiopian military vehicle in a busy market in Baidoa capital of Bay region.

According to local sources, the Ethiopian forces opened fire after the explosion. Shop owners in the market said no one was injured by the gunfire. Ethiopian troops were unharmed in the attack.

Governor of Bay region Abdi Adan Heesow confirmed to media that one person was killed in the explosion while visiting the injured at Baidoa's hospital.

It is unknown who committed the attack in Baidoa.

Bay region, once the headquarters of Al Shabaab, has been home to Somali government forces, Ethiopian and AMISOM troops who have managed to remove the terrorist organization from the major cities in the region. However Al Shabaab still has a strong presence in rural villages and an even stronger presence in the neighboring region of Bakool.

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