Explosion Rocks Stadium, Killing 5

An explosion has occurred at a stadium in Southern Somalia, killing five spectators and injuring 12 others. Reuters said it was first of such occurrence.

The blast went off in the port town of Barawe, in the Lower Shabelle region.  The police said al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab could be behind the attack.

Mohamed Aden, a police officer, said, “We believe al Shabaab was behind (it) and that the target was officials who were not seated there at the time of the match.

“The bomb looked like a remotely controlled one that was planted there,” Aden told Reuters from Barawe.

Also, Mahad Dhoore, a lawmaker for South West state, said: “The bomb killed five people and injured a dozen others in the football field. All the casualties were from the onlookers.”

Al Shabaab are fighting to topple Somalia’s Western-backed central government and establish their own rule based on their strict interpretation of Islamic law.

The group frequently carries out bombings and gun attacks in the capital Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia.

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