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Friday
Jun102011

Somali Interior Minister Killed in Suicide Bomb

Getty(MOGADISHU) -- On Friday, the Somali interior minister was killed at his house by a veiled female suicide bomber, say officials.

BBC News reports that Abdi Shakur Sheikh Hassan died from injuries sustained from a bomb explosion set off by his niece who had joined the Islamist militant group al-Shabab. The group claimed responsibility for the attack and promised that there would be more.

The killing comes amidst days of unrest in the capital. Two protestors were reportedly killed when troops fired on street demonstrators protesting a deal to extend the mandates of the president and the parliament.

Sheik Hassan’s niece had visited her uncle several times and was not checked by security guards when she returned. She detonated the bomb when she entered the house and was killed.

Somalia is considered a failed state with a non-functioning government since 1991.

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