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Bomb blast kills 4 footballers in Somalia


Saturday July 31, 2021

Four football players were killed and several others wounded when a bomb blast targeted a bus carrying a local soccer team in Somalia's port city of Kismayo on Friday, an official said.

Omar Hussain, a local police officer in Kismayo, told Anadolu Agency that it seemed to be a roadside bomb blast, adding further investigation is underway.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Kismayo, he added.

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Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed condemned the attack, for which he blamed al-Shabaab terrorists, and offered condolences to the families of the players.

“Somali president expressed his condolences over the deaths of the young players who were killed by al-Shabaab terrorists in Kismayo,” said a presidential statement released to the Somali state television.

Kismayo, administrative capital of southern state of Jubaland, is a major port city located 500 kilometers (310 miles) southwest of the capital Mogadishu.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but Somali-based terrorist group al-Shabaab had owned many recent attacks in the Horn of Africa country.



 





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