Dozens feared dead after car bomb targets government officials in Baidoa
Mogadishu (Harar24) – At least fifteen people are feared dead and dozens other injured after a deadly car bomb targeted Somali officials in Baidoa, the capital of the Bay region.
According to several eyewitness an explosive laden car was remotely detonated in the center of the city where officials from the recently “South-West Six” autonomous state were gathering, including the former governor of Bay and current interior minister in the autonomous state, Abdifatah Gesey.
Other witnesses however claim that a man drove the car explosive filled car until he rammed into Mr. Gesey’s vehicle, causing a huge explosion at the scene, killing more than fifteen people, most whom were Mr. Gesey’s bodyguards. “A convoy of cars was passing by, including that of Mr. Gesey’s, until suddenly person driving a car at a high speed began driving towards his vehicle and intentionally crashed into it, which resulted in a large explosion” said an eyewitness who was passing by the city center. “I lost consciousness, but woke up soon after and saw dead bodies all around, many soldiers” the witness added. The fate of Abdifatah Gesey however remains unknown.
Until now no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the style of attack is usually employed by the militant Al-Shabaab movement, who are waging a war against the Somali government backed by the AMISOM.
In recent weeks Al-Shabaab have been increasing their focus on targeting government officials, who usually are killed by Al-Shabaab in a type of explosion or by Al-Shabaab assassins.