Death toll rises to 19 in Somalia car bomb attack

Death toll rises to 19 in Somalia car bomb attack
# 13 May 2014 19:58 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The African Union Mssion in Somalia (AMISOM) says on Tuesday that the death toll from car bomb blast in the southern Somali town of Baidoa has risen to 19 while at least 20 more were injured, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The car bomb attack on Monday hit central town of Baidao, provincial capital of Bay region , 250 km southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

"The blast killed 19 innocent victims and destroyed valuable property" said a press release from AMISOM which also condemned the attack as "callous and cowardly."

Biadoa is under the control of AMISOM peacekeeping forces and Somalia National Army (SNA) who wrestled the town from militant fighters back in 2012.

AMISOM chief, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said the AU Somalia mission will assist those affected by the blast.

"This was a cowardly attack, which highlights the vicious nature of the enemy who continues to target innocent civilians with an aim to curtail the peace process," Annadif said.

Somali government condemned the attack and officials said they will evacuate the wounded to Mogadishu for further treatment as main local hospital say they run out of drugs and could not cope with the influx of the injured.

UN Somalia envoy Nicholas Kay expressed shock and sadness at the attack and called on local authorities "to bring the perpetrators to justice swiftly." Kay reiterated the UN's continued support to Somalia.

The latest attack in Baidoa is the deadliest since the radical Islamist group of Al-Shabaab were driven out by allied Somali government forces and AMISOM peacekeeping troops.

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