Bomb kills top Somali sports officials
From Mohamed Amiin Adow, For CNN
April 4, 2012 — Updated 1142 GMT (1942 HKT)
- Head of Somali football federation, Somali Olympic committee chief died in the blast
- Bomb struck during anniversary celebration of Somali national television in Mogadishu
- Witnesses reported other casualties, but it was unclear how many
(CNN) — A bomb blast rocked Somalia’s newly reopened national theater in the capital city Wednesday, killing two top sports officials.
Witnesses reported other casualties, but it was unclear how many.
Said Mohamed Mugambe, head of the Somali football federation, and Somali Olympic committee chief Adan Hagi Yabarow Wish were killed in the attack, a hospital official told CNN.
The bomb went off during a celebration for the first anniversary of Somali national television in Mogadishu, according to witnesses. Screaming people fled the theater and ambulance sirens filled the air.
Last month, a suicide bomber detonated himself at a tea shop near Somalia’s presidential palace. Two people were killed.
The Islamist group Al-Shabaab, which has been waging war against Somalia’s weak transitional government, claimed responsibility for that attack.
No other details of Wednesday’s bombing were immediately available.
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