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Bomb blast kills regional judicial official in Somalia

Medical workers and soldiers arrive at the scene of suicide car bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia on 10 July 2021 [AFP/Getty Images]
Medical workers and soldiers arrive at the scene of a bomb blast in Somalia on 10 July 2021 [AFP/Getty Images]

Multiple casualties were reported on Friday after a bomb blast targeted senior regional government officials in the south-western Somali city of Baidoa, officials said, Anadolu News Agency reports.

A security official in Baidoa told Anadolu Agency over the phone that initial reports said Hassan Ibrahim Lugbur, Justice Minister in the South West State, is among the dead.

The bomb exploded shortly after Lugbur left a mosque after Friday prayers, he added.

The official said at least seven people were also wounded in the attack and were taken to local hospitals.

Baidoa, the largest city in the South West State, is located 245 kilometres (152 miles) south-west of the capital, Mogadishu.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, has claimed responsibility for many recent attacks in the Horn of Africa country.

READ: Al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia attack towns on border with Ethiopia

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