A bomb exploded at a packed football stadium in southern Somalia in the port town of Barawe and killed five spectators while wounding several others, police said Thursday evening.
Witnesses said the bomb had been buried in the sandy stadium and went off during the local-level match between Elman and SYL sports teams. “It was an improvised explosive device concealed in the stadium, before the match started”, deputy regional governor, Abdifatah Haji Abudlle said. Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, based on Somalia, immediately claimed responsibility. Eight people wounded were in serious condition and were being treated at a local hospital.
The attack comes after bomb explosion injured two people at Kahda area in the capital of Mogadishu. Barawe has a population of around 32,800 inhabitants. The town's majority inhabitants are the Tunni clan who are the traditional owners of this town and is also inhabited by a minority of the Bravanese. Al-Shabab has been called the deadliest Islamic extremist group in sub-Saharan Africa. Barawe once was a key al-Shabab stronghold before Somali and African Union forces seized the town and drove out the extremists, who had banned sports activities in areas under their control.The extremist group often targets high-profile areas of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, and it was blamed for the October truck bombing there that killed 512 people in the country's deadliest-ever attack.