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At least 16 killed in Somalia suicide bombing

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At least 16 people were killed on Friday in Somalia including three senior military officials when a suicide bomber attacked a stadium in Galkayo ahead of the planned arrival of the country's prime minister, police said.

The militant group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place as a crowd waited for Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble to speak — but he had not yet arrived.

Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble


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Police official Ahmed Abdiasiz said "the location where the blast occurred was overcrowded... so that many people who sustained serious injuries died later. Apart from the members of the army nearly ten civilians also died in the blast".

Galkayo is divided between two self-proclaimed semi-autonomous states — Puntland and Galmudug, which includes Mudug.

On Friday, Galkayo military commander Colonel Ahmed Dahir said the suicide bomber had targeted "senior military officials who stayed close to the entrance of the stadium."

Al-Shabaab said in a statement that it had targeted the prime minister in the attack, which it claimed had killed the commanders of two local units.

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