Suicide bombers kill 19 in Somalia

At least 19 people died in a series of suicide bombings across northern Somalia which included a UN compound today.

“We are still counting the bodies,” said a spokesman for the government of the breakaway republic of Somaliland, where bombers hit the UN compound, the Ethiopian Consulate and the presidential palace.

They also attacked two intelligence facilities in the northern Somali region of Puntland.

The two suicide bombers died in the attack and six security officials were wounded, said Muse Gelle Yusuf, governor of Somalia’s northern port city of Bossaso.

The region is a hotbed of abductions and piracy.

Somalia has been without a functioning government since 1991, when clan warlords ousted long-time dictator Mohamed Siad Barre and then turned on each other.

The current government was formed in 2004 with the help of the United Nations, but has failed to protect citizens from violence or the country’s poverty.

Somalia’s north has tried to sever ties with the chaotic south, which includes the beleaguered capital, Mogadishu.


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