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Bomber kills 2 at Somali president's villa

29 January 2013, 16:01

Mogadishu - A suicide bomber detonated explosives outside the prime minister's home in Somalia's presidential palace compound, killing two people, an official said on Tuesday.

The man blew himself up on Tuesday morning when he was questioned by soldiers manning a checkpoint in the palace complex known as Villa Somalia, said Mohamed Ali, a police officer at the official residence in Mogadishu, the capital.

Villa Somalia has a large compound with several buildings and checkpoints. The bomber was four more checkpoints away from President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's home, Ali said. The president is said to be out of the country on state business.

The checkpoint where the blast took place is near the home of Prime Minister's Abdi Farah Shirdon which is also in the compound, according to officials.

Shirdon was at home but was not harmed, according to an official from the palace who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak with the press.

Two soldiers died and three others were wounded in the explosion, said Yusuf Abdi, a military officer at the palace.

Mohamud survived an assassination attempt on his second day in office in September when two suicide bombers blew themselves up while trying to gain access into a heavily guarded hotel serving as his temporary residence.


No one has claimed responsibility for the attack but it falls into a pattern of previous attacks blamed on the al-Qaeda-linked rebel group al-Shabaab. The extremist group has been waging an insurgency against Somalia's United Nations-backed government.

Mohamud, 56, who was an academic and activist before becoming president, is expected to form the county's first functioning central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew longtime dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Since 2004, Somalia has been represented by a UN-approved leadership structure called the Transitional Federal Government that until recently only controlled small parts of Mogadishu. That government accomplished little, but since African Union and Somali troops pushed the al-Shabaab extremists out of the capital in 2011 and most parts of the country they occupied in 2012, positive momentum new stability is building.

The international community is supporting Mohamud's government saying it's a step toward moving the country out of its failed-state status but that much more remains to be done in a country bloodied by two decades of war.

In a sign of progress, the United States last week officially recognized the Somali government for the first time since Barre's fall 1991.

Mohamud faces an uphill task unifying a fractious country in the face of the Islamist radicals' insurgency and rebuilding a bombed-out infrastructure, food security and institutions. Another challenge is fighting the endemic corruption that plagued previous governments.

- AP


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