Dozens dead in Somali mosque blasts

Twin bomb attacks near a mosque in Mogadishu, Somalia kill 39 people and injure 70, the bombs were placed at opposite ends of the ground floor of the Abdala Shideye Mosque as people were awaiting the Dhuhr midday prayers.

It is believed that Fuad Mohamed Kalaf, an upper-level official within Al-Shabaab, was the intended target of the attacks. Kalif was reported to have suffered only minor injuries to his hands.

Somalia, which has not had a functional central government since the 1991 deposing of President Siad Barre, is controlled by several different factions. The area of the capital where the bombings occurred, including the mosque and the Bakara market, is under the control of Al-Shabaab, a militant organisation that is engaged in a struggle against the United Nations backed Transitional Federal Government.

The attack was the deadliest in Mogadishu since the Hotel Shambo bombing in December 2009.

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