Monday, February 04, 2013

IED Attack Kills AU Soldier in Somalia

Somalia: Roadside bomb kills 1 African Union soldier in rare IED attack

The Associated Press

An official in Somalia says a roadside bomb has killed an African Union soldier.

Floribert Biyereke, a spokesman for Burundian troops, said one soldier died after the roadside bomb exploded on Monday. Biyereke blamed the attack on the country's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab.

Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has been enjoying a relatively peaceful period following the ouster of al-Shabab from the city in August 2011.

The militant group is still blamed for infrequent suicide and roadside bomb attacks.

Feb 3, 2013 - 11:26:12 PM

Kenya: Suicide bomber injures 4 in Wajir

WAJIR, Kenya Feb 3 2013 (Garowe Online) – A suicide bomber detonated himself in a busy market in Wajir a town in north-eastern Kenya on Sunday, injuring 4, Garowe Online reports.

According to local sources, a non-native of the predominantly Somali populated north eastern Kenya entered a busy intersection after Isha prayers in Wajir, and detonated the explosives that were strapped to his body.

There were no casualties apart from the bomber however, the explosion injured 4 including 1 Kenyan police officer.

Authorities quickly rushed to the scene locking off the intersection as they investigated the explosion. Business in the market came to a standstill on Saturday night but gradually returned to normal on Sunday.

Attacks in the north eastern region have escalated following Kenyan troops entering southern Somalia to battle Al Shabaab late 2011.

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