Suicide bomber strikes while hugging official in Somalia’s Puntland

March 31, 2016 8:57 AM

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MOGADISHU An Islamist militant suicide bomber put his arms around a local official as if in a hug and blew both of them up in the autonomous Somali region of Puntland on Thursday, officials said.

The Islamist militant group al Shabaab, which frequently targets officials in its bid to overthrow the Western-backed Somali government, issued a statement taking responsibility for the attack.

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