As Somalia prepares for its next parliamentary and presidential elections, the government faces an increasingly tense security environment. It had already deteriorated considerably for several years with the repeated attacks of the Islamist Shabaab.
In Somalia, a suicide bombing attack killed six people and wounded seven in Baidoa, the capital of Bay Regional State. The information was confirmed this Saturday, April 10, 2021 by the local police.
“A suicide bomber was detonated in the Suweys cafeteria and killed six people,” said AFP police official. “ According to initial reports, the attack targeted Ali Wardheere, the governor of the Bay Regional State, who was present in the establishment. According to the police, the suicide bomber was stopped at the front door by the guards but unfortunately, he suddenly exploded. The governor survived with a few scratches”.
“The attack comes in a tense political context as the country prepares to hold general elections to elect a new parliament and a new president. It was claimed by the radical Islamist Shabaab, who represent the main security threat in the election that was originally supposed to be held in 2020.”
“It should be noted that this attack comes one week after that of Saturday, April 03, which killed about fifteen soldiers and civilians in the camps of Bariire and Awdhigle.“
Source : Agence Ecofin / By Moutiou Adjibi Nourou