The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab – the Somali branch of al-Qaeda – began their insurgency during the 2006–2009 phase of the Somali Civil War. They took part in battles in Beledweyne, Hiran, Hirshabelle State in 2008, 2010 and 2011. In 2009, they carried out a suicide car bombing at a hotel there, killing 57 people. In 2013, they carried out suicide attacks there at a restaurant and a police station.
During the morning of February 19, 2022, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a restaurant in Beledweyene. It killed 14 people – including a candidate in the same month's election – and injured at least another 12. On the same day, al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.
On 23 March 2022, two more suicide bombings killed over 30 people. The first one killed Amina Mohamed Abdi and many of her bodyguards, while the second was a car bombing against a hospital in Beledweyne.
See also edit
- "At least 13 people killed by suicide blast in central Somalia". Reuters. 2022-02-19. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
- Mogadishu, Agence France-Presse in (2022-02-19). "Suicide bombing kills 14 in Somali restaurant". the Guardian. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
- "Death toll from Somalia attack that killed lawmaker rises to 15 – state TV". Reuters. 2022-03-24. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
- "More than 30 killed in twin attacks in Somalia". news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2022-03-24.