Somali Militants Claim Minister's Killing

By: Bethany Gillis Email
By: Bethany Gillis Email

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) –

Somalia's Al-Qaida-linked militant group is claiming responsibility for an explosion that killed the country's interior minister.

Al-Shabab spokesman Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage said Saturday that
Militants carried out Friday's attack against Minister Abdishakur
Sheik Hassan because he was "an obstacle" to the group's endeavor
to topple the government.

Al-Shabab vowed to carry out "brazen attacks deep inside enemy

Hassan was killed in his home, and a female relative was suspected of being the bomber. Rage thanked insiders who he said helped the attack.

Al-Shabab uses suicide bombers to demoralize the government and their African backers.

Somalia has not had an effective government for two decades.

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