MOGADISHU: At least four people were killed today when a suicide bomber blew himself up in his car in an attack aimed at a senior police officer in Somalia’s central Galkayo region, police said.
‘There are at least five people dead, including the bomber,’ said Mohamed Abdullahi, a police officer in the town, which straddles the border between the northern breakaway state of Puntland and the self-proclaimed region of Galmudug.
Security sources said that a senior Puntland police official was wounded in the blast, but the reports could not be independently confirmed.
The violence is the latest in a string of attacks in the region, where tensions are high between rival political and clan groups.
Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents also operate in the wider area, and have carried out a series of guerrilla style attacks, but have tended to target mainly the capital Mogadishu.