Car bomb targets officials in south Somalia’s Gedo region


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – A car bomb blast targeted a building hosting meeting between regional and federal officials in south Somalia’s Gedo region, Universal TV reported on Tuesday.

The suicide blast hit a compound housing regional officials in the town of Bardere, completely destroying the building and causing a number of fatalities.

Mortar shells hit the area immediately after the bombing disrupting efforts to rescue survivors from the bombing, the latest in a series of insurgent attacks in the restive region.

Regional governor Ahmed Bule Gared, senior military commander and other officials were injured in the blast, according to local media.

Al-Qaeda-linked militant group said it was responsible for both attacks.

It came following reports that regional authorities were mobilizing for a new offensive against militants to retake large swathes of rural territory in the region which is still held by the Islamist rebels.

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