Suicide explosion in Puntland kills six – ISIS claim responsibility 

ISIL propaganda taking credit for an attack in Puntland

BOSASO – Six people have been killed and several others injured in suicide explosion near Juba hotel in the town of Bosaso in Somalia’s semi-autonomous regional state of Puntland.

Freelance journalist Hassan Heykal told The Messenger Africa that a suicide bomber blew himself up near the hotel in the town, killing at least three people, including a soldier. The death toll was later revised to six, including the bomber.

“I heard a huge explosion while I was sipping tea at a coffee shop, which is close to the hotel. I saw bodies of three people including a Puntland soldier,” Heykal said.

Police chief in Bosaso town Abdihakin Yusuf Hussein told The Messenger Africa that the bomber had been suspected by the soldiers before detonating himself up, adding that at least three people died.

“We are at the scene of the blast. At least three people were killed and four others wounded in the suicide explosion,” Hussein added.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s explosion on its Amaq website, saying one of its fighters carried out the attack.

Photos by Hassan Heykal 

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