U.S. Says Somali Bombs Resemble Al-Qaeda Attacks, AFP Reports

October 31st, 2008 | by addis portal |

Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) — Five separate suicide bombings in Somalia that killed at least 21 people yesterday are similar to al-Qaeda attacks, said Jendayi Frazer, U.S. assistant secretary of state for Africa, Agence France-Presse reported.

“Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but they have the markings of al-Qaeda,” AFP cited Frazer as saying yesterday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The explosives were detonated at the presidential palace, the Ethiopian Embassy and a United Nations Development Program compound in Hargeysa, the capital of Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland. They were carried out by people from “outside Somaliland,” Mohammed Hassan, the region’s ambassador to Ethiopia, said yesterday, without providing further details.

Somalia is in its 18th year of civil war and hasn’t had a functioning central administration since the ouster of former dictator Mohammed Siad Barre in 1991. Violence has escalated since Ethiopian troops helped Somalia’s UN-backed government oust the Islamic Courts Union militia from southern and central parts of the country in January 2007.

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