Somalia: Baidoa Grenade Attacks Target Federal Govt Officials

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At least two hand grenades were reportedly hurdled into a hotel in Bay regional capital of Baidoa in southern Somalia on Thursday night, Garowe Online reports.

Local reports add that armed militias carried out the attack on the hotel which houses the security officials of the Somali Federal Government and Baidoa court judges.

“I heard a series of explosions after midnight,” nearby resident said by telephone from Baidoa.

Federal Government officials in Baidoa told the media that investigations are underway to find the perpetrators of the grenade attacks.

Ethiopian troops vacated military bases in Baidoa last month in a pullout plan and AMISOM and the Somali Federal Government forces are co-located in Baidoa as sporadic military offensives against Al Shabaab militants continue in neighbouring Bakool region.

On the other hand, in a press statement by AMISOM, at least seven Al Shabaab fighters were killed in the early hours of Thursday morning following their attempt to attack AMISOM camp in Somalia’s southern port city of Kismayo.

Garowe Online