Explosions, suicide car bombs rock Puntland, Somaliland
http://www.chinaview.cn/index.htm 2008-10-29 19:10:56
MOGADISHU, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- At least 21 people have been killed and almost 30 others were wounded after a wave of coordinated suicide car bombings hit targets across northern Somalia on Wednesday, officials and witnesses said.
Nearly 20 of the dead were in Hargeysa, the capital of the breakaway republic of Somaliland, where the Presidential Palace, the UNDP office and a commercial office of Ethiopia were attacked by three separate suicide car bombs that exploded within minutes of each other, witnesses told Xinhua. "Nearly twenty-two others were wounded in the three explosions which took place in Hargeysa," Ahmed Ali, a resident in Hargeys, who went to the scenes of the explosion, told Xinhua. In coastal port city of Bossaso, the commercial capital of the northeastern semi-autonomous region of Puntland, two suicide car bombers blew themselves up inside two compounds of the local Anti-terrorism Squad, Adde Musse, president of Puntland, said at a news conference. Musse said it was too early to lay the play on anyone and that investigations were continuing into the attacks which he said were "unprecedented" in Puntland.
One woman was reportedly killed while eight soldiers were wounded in the two compounds which were extensively damaged by the blasts which have coincided with those in Hargeysa and were minutes apart