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Somali woman blows herself up, kills 2

2012-04-04 12:38

Mogadishu - A young woman strapped with explosives blew herself up on Wednesday at a ceremony in the Somali national theatre attended by the prime minister and other officials, killing at least two.

She detonated her suicide belt as Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali was on a podium addressing 200 people gathered to mark the first anniversary of the country's satellite TV network, an AFP reporter who witnessed the incident said.

The prime minister, and seven other ministers standing beside him, were unharmed but witnesses said Somali Olympic Committee president Aden Yabarow Wiish and Somali Football Federation chief Said Mohamed Nur were killed in the attack.

"The bodies of the two people killed in the blast have been taken by the Somali police," police officer Mohamed Abdi told AFP, without confirming the victims' identities.

Mogadishu has been plagued by suicide and grenade attacks since the al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab rebels abandoned fixed bases in the war-riven city last August and reverted to guerrilla tactics.

A suicide bomber last month killed at least five people in an attack at the heavily guarded presidential palace, which the hardline Shabaab militia claimed.

The Shabaab carried out their deadliest suicide attack in October 2011 when a bomber rammed an explosives-laded vehicle into a government compound, killing at least 82 people.

Comments
  • roberta.keeling - 2012-04-04 13:19

    And all that in the name of Islam! How stupid can one get to strap a belt of explosives on and detonate it in due course. It gets them no where. Al Qaeda again.

  • zaatheist - 2012-04-04 13:39

    Zealots from the religion of peace again demonstrating their contempt for women and innocents.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-04 13:43

    Muslims

      Bibi - 2012-04-04 14:19

      @Said; explain it to us then, because we sure as hell do not know why someone would blow herself up in a newly opened theatre. The re-opening was met with big excitement in a city that has been destroyed by militants. There is really not much in Somalia so why here. i sincerely hope you are not commenting from sunny South Africa.

  • Akili - 2012-04-04 14:00

    Islam!

  • James - 2012-04-04 14:16

    How to stop suicide bombers is very easy just fetch a pig carcass that have been slaughtered gather all the body parts put it in the pig's carcass don't forget to sow the head of the suicide bomber to pig's carcass! Sent it back to their spiritual leaders let they get the message it will happen to the rest! Fight fire with fire¡!

  • William - 2012-04-04 14:18

    Well perhaps you can enlighten us Said????!!!!! I am sure somebody has a very rational reason for doing something so utterly stupid and ridiculous, I am all ears???!!!

  • Bibi - 2012-04-04 14:23

    Somalia really has not much going for it. And what little is left is destroyed by power hungry extremists. They have only managed to destroy and has not contributed to anything constructive. In the literal and figurative sense. They detest the Western culture, but they were the first to lend a helping hand when their families were starving. And why are so many Somalians fleeing to Europe?

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