Somalia: Two dead in suicide explosion in Kismayo

KISMAYO — A deadly suicide explosion has on Friday killed at least two people and wounded three others in Kismayo town in the southwest of Somalia.

Freelance journalist Jeylani Hussein told The Messenger Africa that the suicide bomber blew himself up near Kongo military camp in the coastal town of Kismayo, leaving at least two civilians dead.

“I have seen two dead bodies lying on the ground and three other wounded people including a soldier,” Hussein said.

The victims were immediately rushed to hospital for medical treatment, according to the journalist.

Policeman Nur Gedi Haruse said that a suspected Al Shabaab bomber was stopped by soldiers and blew himself up before he reached his target in the town.

“Friday’s explosion killed two civilians — a little girl and a man and three others including a soldier were also wounded. He (the bomber) wanted to target Kongo military camp,” Haruse said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the suicide blast in Kismayo town, but the rebel group Al Shabaab often carries out such attacks in key towns in Somalia.