At least nine people, including five soldiers, were killed on Tuesday when an explosives-laden car targeted the entrance of a guest house in the town of Bardhere in southern Somalia’s Gedo region, witnesses say.
Suleiman Hassan, who worked with the district commissioner, told The Associated Press that the governor and senior military officers were wounded and taken to the capital, Mogadishu.
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The extremist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, which began after military officers and Gedo administration officials in Bardhere began recruiting locals to help drive al-Shabaab out of central and lower Jubba districts.
Eyewitness Ibrahim Adan said at least 10 people, including civilians, were injured. “I have seen with my own eyes that many people, including two of my distant relatives, have been injured,” he said.
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