At least five people have been killed and 10 others injured after a bomb was detonated during a soccer game in Somalia. “The blast went off in the port town of Barawe, in the Lower Shabelle region, when residents were watching a football match,” police said.
Al Qaeda-linked terror group Al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility for the bombing and said it had targeted district and regional officials who were watching the match. Barawe, a former Al-Shabaab stronghold, lies in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region, about 220 kilometers (137 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu.
Police said it appeared to have been detonated by remote control. “The bomb killed five people and injured a dozen others in the football field. All the casualties were from the onlookers,” Mahad Dhoore, a lawmaker for South West state told Reuters.
Al-Shabaab has been waging a war with the Somali government for more than 10 years, prompting the African Union to send in peacekeeping troops. The terror group is now based mainly in rural areas in the south of the country, having lost control of Mogadishu in 2011.
The explosion is the latest in a string of attacks threatening Somalia's fragile peace. President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed condemned the attack which he said showed that al-Shabab was Somalia's "only enemy."