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Blast kills one in Somalia

2010-05-03 12:06

Mogadishu - A grenade attack at a mosque in Somalia's Islamist-controlled port town Kismayo killed at least one person and wounded 13 others, witnesses said on Monday, two days after blasts killed 32 in Mogadishu.

Attackers threw a grenade into a mosque during prayers late on Sunday, said Sheik Abukar Ali Adan, the head of al Shebaab group governing Kismayo, some 500km south of the capital Mogadishu.

"After investigations we came to know that the explosion was a hand grenade that was hurled at the mosque by assailants who fled after the attack," Adan told reporters. "One worshipper was killed and 13 others injured."

"We warn people to be alert every time and pay more attention because the enemy is planning barbaric and cowardly attacks against Muslims," he added, but did not elaborate.

On Saturday, 32 people were killed in twin explosions that rocked a mosque in a Mogadishu district controlled by the hardline Islamists. The Shebab blamed the Western-backed Somali government for the attack.

In Kismayo, witnesses said they were getting frightened by the recent attacks on mosques.

"I saw more than 10 people wounded after the explosion. Some of them had serious injuries and were taken to hospital," said Qasim Salad, a local resident.

"This reminds us of the horrible incident in Mogadishu mosque two days ago. We are terrified by such attacks targeting worshipers."

Saturday's blasts at the Mogadishu mosque was the worst since a suicide bombing in a hotel in December killed 57 people, including several government ministers.