IED attack in Beled Hawo
Beled Hawo (Harar24) At least three Governmental soldiers were killed and three others were wounded after an IED explosion targeted a small coffee shop near the central police station in the Kenyan border town of Beled Hawo , in Gedo region of southwestern Somalia on Monday night, locals report.
According to the Beled Hawo police commissioner Jamal Hassan Sarey, the explosion was caused by an IED planted into the coffee shop which is frequented by the police officers and is very close to the police station.“The explosion was triggered from a remote control device which we are now investigating.” he said.
Eye witnesses told local our reporter that the IED went off while governmental soldiers where chewing khat in the coffee shop.
“The three dead were police officers. A small hospital in Beled hawo is currently treating three others whom two of them seriously injured.” Eye witnesses in the area told Harar24 News on the phone.
In a reaction to the nightly explosion, the police conducted heavy search operations arresting dozens of people in connection with the bomb blast.
The district officials believe the blast was the work of members of Al-Shabaab.