13 May 2014

Somalia: Former Bay Governor Condemns Baidoa Blast

Photo: Atosh/IRIN
A scene from a past bomb attack in Somalia

The former governor of Bay region Abdifatah Gesey, was targeted in a terrorist attack yesterday after car laden with explosives rammed into a popular hotel in Baidoa. At least 14 people were killed with over 30 rumored to have suffered severe injuries.

Mr. Gesey sent his sincere condolences to the friends and relatives of those killed in the explosion condemning the latest terror attack in the provincial capital city of Bay. He vowed that the perpetrators of the blast will face justice and be prosecuted in the strongest terms possible.

"I urge all Baidoa residents to cooperate with security forces in order to identify the terrorist insurgents as soon as possible and to prevent further attacks." Said the former Bay governor

Around 13 were immediately killed in the blast with the numbers gradually increasing to 15 by last night. The government has claimed that there aren't sufficient medical supplies in Baidoa to treat the wounded, for which in this case, the Prime Minister of the Somali Federal Republic promised to send a plane to transport the wounded to Mogadishu.

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