Somali Police Station Hit by Suicide Bomber; At Least 18 People

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Monday February 21, 2011 - 20:15:35 in News In English by Xarunta Dhexe
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A suicide bomber attacked a police station in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, killing at least 18 people, a day after the African Union peacekeeping mission said it had taken a “major step forward” in stabilizing the city.

At least 14 policemen died in the blast at the Hamar Jajab police station, while another 20 people were injured, police Captain Hassan Mohamed said in a phone interview from the city.

“The troops were lining up in the camp when a vehicle full of explosive devices entered and exploded,” Captain Abdullahi Ali Farey, a police officer, said in a phone interview.

A pall of dark smoke hung over the surrounding area after the explosion, which damaged nearby buildings.

“I thought a shell had landed in my home because all the windows, the roofs and doors shook,” said Zakariye Abdulle Ali, a resident who lives about 300 meters away from the police station. “It was a really powerful explosion.”

Fighters from groups including al-Shabaab, the rebel militia that the U.S. accuses of having links to al-Qaeda, have been battling Somalia’s Western-backed government for the past three years. Most of southern and central Somalia has been seized by the rebels, while President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed’s government controls only parts of Mogadishu, backed by AU peacekeepers.

Trench System

The AU Mission in Somalia, known as Amisom, said yesterday it discovered and cut off a mile-long trench system used by extremists to attack its positions in Mogadishu. Six foreign fighters, from countries including Pakistan, Yemen, India and neighboring Kenya, were killed in the operation, it said in an e-mailed statement.

“The discovery and closure of this tunnel is a major step forward in the stabilisation effort in the city,” it said. “The extremists were using the trench and tunnel system to infiltrate fighters close to Amisom positions without detection.”

Somalia hasn’t had a functioning central administration since the ouster of former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

By: Rohosafi
For more information on Somalia, contact to Rohosafi at englishnews@live.com


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