Suicide bomber kills MPs in central Somalia

May 1, 2012 17:56

MOGADISHU - A suicide bomber killed at least three people and wounded more on Tuesday at a hotel in the central Somali town of Dusamareb, where lawmakers visiting from the capital had gathered, witnesses and officials said.

While suicide bombers sent by Islamist rebels al-Shabaab have struck government targets and African Union troops in the capital Mogadishu often in recent years, such attacks are rare in central Galgadud region.

Member of parliament Dahir Amin Gesow told Reuters he was in the hotel cafe when the bomber walked in blew himself up. He said several people were killed, including some lawmakers.

The commander of the pro-government militia which controls Dusamareb, the capital of Galgadud, said at least three were killed in the blast.

"The bomber targeted these officials from Mogadishu at the hotel. We are now busy collecting casualties," Abdiweli Siyad, commander of the Sufi militia group Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca, told Reuters.

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