Bomb blast in Somalian Stadium Killed 5 During a Football Match


At least five spectators died in a bomb blast during a football match in southern Somalia, police and a lawmaker said on Friday, the first time an explosion has targeted a stadium.


The blast went off in the port town of Barawe, in the Lower Shabelle region, when residents were watching a football match on Thursday afternoon, police said, adding that al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab could be behind the attack. Police said it appeared to have been detonated by remote control.

Mahad Dhoore, a lawmaker for South West state told Reuters:
“The bomb killed five people and injured a dozen others in the football field. “All the casualties were from the onlookers,” 
Al Shabaab are fighting to topple Somalia’s Western-backed central government and establish their own rule based on their strict interpretation of Islamic law. The group frequently carries out bombings and gun attacks in the capital Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia. “Al Shabaab carried out an explosion that killed teenagers who were just playing football in Barawe town. Al Shabaab is the only enemy we have,” President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said during a farewell party for Somalia’s outgoing parliament speaker.

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