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The deadly explosion has sent a plume of black smoke into the sky as ambulances rushed to the scene to transport the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment.
BOSSASO, Somalia – At least three people were reported to have lost their lives in a deadly explosion in Bossaso, a Somali coastal city on the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday.
The local police said the landmine blast occurred at a busy tea shop frequented by Puntland security force members and local residents during the afternoon business.
The explosion sent a plume of black smoke into the sky as ambulances rushed to the scene to transport the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing which comes amid tension over the Nov 24 dismissal of PSF director by Puntland state president Deni that led to clashes.
Al-Shabaab and ISIS-linked terrorists who are based in the Bari region’s mountains often conduct such attacks in Bossaso as both groups vie over the city’s business extortion.
Bossaso is one of the two election districts in Puntland and was expected to host the vote for the Lower House MPs. The current security situation could delay the ballot.