A powerful suicide bombing exploded in the town of Jauhar in Somalia’s Hirschbele state, killing one person and injuring at least 14 others. Senior officials of the regional administration are also among the injured. The terrorist group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Hirshbele State Humanitarian and Disaster Management Minister Abdifatah Qurgab said the VOA attack targeted a popular hotel called Noor-Dub, which was frequently visited by state lawmakers, ministers and other officials.
He said that the injured, including the state health minister, have been admitted to the regional hospital for treatment.
Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu is a member of the Somali Parliament elected from Hirschbele.
He says that what happened today in the administrative capital of Hirschbele is very shocking. The execution of the attack targeting a private hotel is very shocking and it is a cowardly and barbaric attack. I expressed my condolences to the families of the victims and prayed to Allah [God] So that the injured people can get well soon. Nearby businesses and buildings were also damaged by the attack, and many people lost their property.
Jauhar is also the provincial capital of the central Shabele region of Somalia, 90 km north of the capital Mogadishu.
Ibrahim Ali, an eyewitness in Jauhar, told VOA that Sunday’s bombing was the biggest, loudest he had ever heard.
Hirschbele’s presidential adviser Jihan Abdullahi Hassan described the attack as “tragic” and called for a collective effort to defeat al-Shabaab.
Somalia’s Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre condemned the attack.