Somali official known for his anti-Al-Shabaab campaign is killed in blast

Abdullahi Wafow has been in the region for over a decade fighting against Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda's most deadly ally in East Africa.

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Somali official known for his anti-Al-Shabaab campaign is killed in blast

MOGADISHU, Somalia - An explosion in Somalia's southern port city of Marka has killed a leading figure in the war against Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda's most deadly and fearful ally in East Africa.

Abdullahi Wafow, who was the commissioner of Marka, about 100 kilometers south of Mogadishu, the Somali capital died in an explosion carried out by a bomber outside the city's main office.

Wafow and at least 10 other people, including officials and security guards have died in the terror attack claimed by Al-Shabaab, which is fighting to oust the UN-backed Somali government.

The governor of the Lower Shabelle region Ibrahim Najah has condemned the assassination of the DC and sent his condolences to the family and friends of the slain district administrator.

In a separate incident, two landmine blasts killed seven people and wounded 14 others at a busy livestock market in Afgoye town within the region early in the day, according to the police.

This is the second attack this month at the Goat Market in Afgoye district in the Lower Shabelle region, while the district administration was trying to ensure security.

The security of the agricultural region has been worsening for the past years as Al-Shabaab stepped up terror gun and bomb attacks against Somali, AU, and Southwest state regional forces.


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