Somalia – Roadside Bombing Kills At Least 13 After Presidential Talks Break Down

The attack took place shortly after negotiators failed to end a stalemate over the selection of a new president. Islamist terror group Al-Shabaab took responsibility for the attack near the town of Dhusamareeb.

At least 13 members of Somalia’s security forces were killed on Sunday in a roadside bombing attack, shortly after emergency talks between Somalia’s politicians failed to end a stalemate over how to select a new president.

The bomb hit a convoy belonging to regional intelligence units of the Galmudug state, senior military official General Masud Mohamud said. The convoy had been traveling near the town of Dhusamareeb, which had hosted talks over Somalia’s delayed election.

Talks ended without a conclusion on Saturday, just days before the term of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed was set to expire.

“We are getting terrible reports that 13 security men are all killed in the blast which destroyed their vehicle in the Galmudug province,” said Mohamud.

Among those killed was a senior regional intelligence officer. The Islamist terror group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack on its Andalus radio station. The group has ramped up attacks in the Galmudug state in central Somalia as the country’s leaders gathered in Dhusamareeb, north of the capital Mogadishu.

Somalia likely to miss voting deadline

Somalia is likely to miss a February 8 deadline to choose a new head of state, after several days of negotiations between the central government and federal states broke down.

Without a resolution, the breakdown in talks could create a constitutional crisis in country that is already confronting a violent Islamist insurgency and widespread food shortages.

Mohamed flew back to the capital, Mogadishu, without a deal on the staffing of regional electoral commissions, Osman Dube, the information minister, said late on Friday.