Somali president escapes assassination attempt

September 18, 2006 14:24

Two explosions rocked the seat of Somalia's virtually powerless government on Monday, killing four people in an attack the government spokesman said was meant to kill the president. "This explosion was intended to kill the president but he escaped and he is safe," Abdirahman Dinari said of the explosions in Baidoa, 250 kilometers (150 miles) from Mogadishu, the only town controlled by the government. A car bomb exploded just outside a hall where President Abdullahi Yusuf had given a speech just 10 minutes before, said Mohamed Adawe, a local journalist who witnesses the explosion. The other blast happened nearby, he said. Four people were killed and six were injured, said Shino Moalim, a government official.

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