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  • Updated: September 23, 2023

Somalia: Truck Bomb Kills 10

Somalia: Truck Bomb Kills 10

According to a police officer, a truck bomb exploded at a checkpoint in the central Somali town of Beledweyne on Saturday, killing at least ten people and destroying neighbouring structures.

The Islamist organisation Al Shabaab routinely conducts attacks in Somalia, the perpetrators of the particular attack were not immediately known.

Police officer Ahmed Aden told Reuters that "the death toll is sure to rise" since "so far I have seen 10 dead people, including soldiers and civilians, and over a dozen other injured."

Police officer Ahmed Aden told Reuters, "I have seen 10 dead people so far, including soldiers and civilians, and more than a dozen others injured, but the death toll is sure to rise." 

Beledweyne is located in the Hiran region in central Somalia, the scene of recent clashes between the military and al Shabaab.

Five police officers who shot at the truck in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent it from slamming the checkpoint were among the deceased, according to Aden. 

Along with the checkpoint, other structures like stores and buildings were destroyed, he added. 

Halima Nur, a woman who lived close by, told Reuters that her niece and other people were at a local shop and were unable to be reached.

"I'm at a loss for words; all the kiosks are now nothing more than ruins. I'm unable to find my niece", she said.

For more than ten years, Al Shabaab has fought against Somalia's central government to impose a strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law as the basis for its authority.

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