Somali Official: Female Suicide Bomber Kills Interior Minister

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A Somali government official says a female suicide bomber has killed Interior and Security Minister Abdi Shakur Sheikh Hassan Farah.

Information Minister Abdulkarim Hassan Jama confirmed the death during an interview with VOA on Friday.

The official said the attack happened inside the minister's home in the capital, Mogadishu, on Friday.

Prime Minister Mohammed Abdullah Mohamed told VOA the attack was “heartless and un-Islamic.” He accused the al-Shabab militant group of being behind the attack.

A witness who lives at the home of the interior minister told VOA a woman blew herself up inside the house.

Government officials did not confirm who carried out the attack and said an investigation is underway to find out who was behind it.