Somali bombings kill 17 at local government HQ and market

    Somali bombings kill 17 at local government HQ and market

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    At least 17 people have been killed and more than 30 others wounded when a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the gates of a local government headquarters in Somalia and another bomber targeted a marketplace nearby.

    One bomber rammed his car into a checkpoint in the town of Galkayo on Sunday morning after reaching the main gate of Puntland’s local government.

    Puntland, a semi-autonomous state in northern Somalia, controls the northern part of the town, while the southern part is controlled by rival regional state Galmudug.

    The al Qaida-linked al-Shabab group claimed responsibility for the attack. The town rarely sees such attacks, unlike other parts of the country where al-Shabab continues a deadly guerrilla campaign.

    The town’s main hospital received more than 15 wounded people, including some with horrific wounds, said nurse Abdikareem Ali.

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