Six people were killed in a southern Somali port town on Saturday after a suicide bomber targeted the house of a prominent anti-Shebab militia leader, the intended victim said.
“The explosion occurred soon after I entered the house,” tribal leader Iftin Hassan Basto said in a statement.
“My security guards saw a man who tried to infiltrate them and when they confronted him he blew himself up.”
Basto added that six people, including a child, were killed and seven others injured.
The attack took place in the town of Kismayo, a former stronghold of Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked Shebab.
“We knew they were planning such attacks and we will continue fighting these terrorists,” said Basto.
One witness, Ali Mohamed, said, “The explosion was huge and several dead bodies were removed from the house. Security forces have cordoned off the area after the explosion.”