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Three lawmakers wounded in Jowhar

JOWHAR (SD) – A hand grenade blast has wounded three regional lawmakers in Jowhar, a town 30km north of Mogadishu, witnesses confirmed Friday night.

According to the sources who spoke to the media, unknown assailants had Friday night hurled the bomb at a residential house, causing injuries and destruction of properties.

Among the lawmakers wounded are Adan Mohamed Muse, Duwane Farah Ali and Osman Abdullahi Dhore.

No group claimed the responsibility for the blast which comes as Hirshabelle state is in preparation of senatorial elections but it has the hallmarks of al-Shabaab attacks.

Al-Shabaab assassinated number of Hirshabelle state officials including ministers, lawmakers and military officials.

Last September, Al-Shabaab assassin squad killed Nur Hashi Warsame, minister for religious and endowment affairs in Hirshabelle state.

The group also attacks military convoys traveling along Mogadishu-Jowhar Road.

Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda affiliate group has been attacking the government installations, military bases, hotels in major towns as well as security check points in Somali capital.

Recently, Somali military has stepped operations against al-Shabaab fighters in central and southern Somalia.

According to military officials who spoke to the media, Somali forces killed more than 200 militants and liberated villages in Middle Shabelle and Mudug regions.

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