Al-Shabab blast targets football fans

At least 30 people have now been confirmed dead in Sunday’s twin bomb attacks, claimed by militant Islamist group al-Shabab, in the southern Somali town of Baidoa, a regional governor says, AFP news agency reports.

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One explosion targeted a restaurant where a crowd was watching the football derby between Manchester United and Arsenal, while a second explosion rocked a nearby hotel popular with politicians and businessmen, the BBC Somali service’s Abdinoor Aden reports from neighbouring Kenya.

“The official number of the dead has reached 30 people – all of them civilians – and 61 others have been wounded, 15 of them seriously,” Abdurashid Abdulahi, the governor of Somalia’s Bay region, told AFP.

The African Union’s top official for Somalia, Francisco Caetano Madeira, condemned the attack.

“I am saddened by the loss of innocent lives through acts of terror committed by ruthless individuals who have no value for life,” he said.

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