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Somalia: At least 15 dead and scores injured in suicide attack

In this grab taken from a video, smoke billows after an explosion at a security checkpoint in the central Somalian city of Beledweyne
In this grab taken from a video, smoke billows after an explosion at a security checkpoint in the central Somalian city of Beledweyne Copyright AP
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By Euronews with AFP
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As of Saturday, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack as residents remain trapped under rubble from damaged buildings in the town of Beledweyne.

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At least 15 people have been killed and over 40 more injured following a suicide attack in the town of Beledweyne, in central Somalia.

Police say the attack was carried out with a truck packed with explosives.

“We found the bodies of 13 people, most of them civilians who were nearby,” police officer Ahmed Yare Adan told AFP.

“About 20 injured people have been sent to various hospitals”, he added, saying he expected the toll to rise.

Buildings were said to have been hit by the bomb and residents remain trapped under the rubble.

This attack, which has not been claimed by any organisation, comes at a time when the Somali government admits having suffered "several significant setbacks" in its offensive against the radical Islamists Al-Shabaab.

This week, they asked the UN for a three-month postponement of the withdrawal of troops from the African Union planned for the end of September.

The government, supported by the international community, has been fighting the Al-Shabaab insurgency for more than 15 years.

It’s a group affiliated with Al-Qaeda which says it wants to establish Islamic law in Somalia.

Elected in May 2022, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has promised a “total war” against Al-Shabaab.

Government forces and local militias, supported by the force of the African Union and American airstrikes, have been leading a military offensive in the centre of the country for more than a year.

Driven out of Somalia's main cities in 2011 and 2012, Al-Shabaab remains established in Somalia’s vast rural areas, particularly in the centre and south of the country.

From there, they regularly carry out attacks against security, political and civilian targets.

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