Bus blast kills at least 7 UN staff in Somalia

Published: April 20, 2015

UN Compound in Garowe
UN Compound in Garowe

A bomb tore apart a bus ferrying United Nations staff in Garowe, the capital of Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland on Monday, killing at least 7 international and local staff in a rare attack in the region on international organisations staff, Horseed Media reports.
The explosion happened an area very close to the heavily fortified UN Compound in the stable city, in the early morning hours.
‘’ The sound of the explosion was huge and scary…. Security forces arrived at the scene immediately,’’ said one of the witnesses, who lives in a close neighbourhood.
Police officials are yet to confirm the kind of the blast which there are conflicting a report claiming it was planted in the bus.
The scene of the attack
The scene of the attack

Among the dead are foreign staff including two Kenyans, multiple sources told Horseed Media.
No group has immediately claimed the responsibility of the attack.
In April last year, two UNODC foreign staff were killed by a gunman in Galkayo airport, which is some 750-kilometers northern of Somali Capital, Mogadishu.
Horseed Media

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