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Somalia. Unexploded bomb, 27 dead

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A tragic event in Somalia. At least 27 people, mostly children, were killed in an explosion in the Lower Shabelle region.

The incident, the state-run Somali National News Agency reported, took place on Friday. A local official says an unexploded mortar shell exploded near where children aged 10 to 15 were playing, Al-Jazeera TV reported. More than 50 people were injured, according to media reports.

Explosion in SomaliaReuters

The explosion took place near the town of Qoryoley, about 120 kilometers south of the country’s capital Mogadishu, said Abdi Ahmed Ali, deputy district commissioner of Qoryoley. – They were playing with a dud… And then it exploded. Twenty of them have died and others are injured,” Ali said.

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Destroyed Pearl Beach Hotel in Lido Beach after an explosion in SomaliaEPA/SAID YUSUF WARSAME

“We are asking the government and aid agencies to remove mines and missiles from the area,” he said.

Main photo source: EPA/SAID YUSUF WARSAME

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