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Blast kills Somali security official, 3 soldiers

Blast kills Somali security official, 3 soldiers

A roadside bomb killed a senior Somali security official and three government soldiers Wednesday, police said.
The remote-controlled explosion ripped through the men's car as they traveled through the Somali capital, Mogadishu, said police spokesman Abdullahi Hassan Barise. Among those killed was Ubeyd Ali Fidow, who worked as a bodyguard for the prime minister.
"There was flesh and blood everywhere," said Mogadishu resident Hurshe Ali, who witnessed the blast.
No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion in one of the most violent cities in the world. Islamist insurgents are fighting the government and African Union peacekeepers for control of a country that has been in chaos for nearly 20 years.
On Tuesday, the Somali Cabinet voted to make Islam the basis of the country's legal system. The move was an attempt to isolate more extreme elements of the insurgency by agreeing to a demand supported by more moderate elements and much of the Somali population.
The most extreme group, al-Shabab, which controls the main cities in the south, has said it does not recognize the legitimacy of the government. The U.S. State Department says al-Shabab has ties to al-Qaida
The bill introducing Islamic law must still be approved by parliament, which is expected to hear it within days.


Updated : 2021-08-02 17:17 GMT+08:00