At least 9 killed in bomb attack on UN vehicle in Somalia

At least 9 killed in bomb attack on UN vehicle in Somalia
Islamist group al Shabaab is suspected of carrying out the bombing. The group also attacked the Maka Al-Mukarama hotel last month (shown above), killing at least 7.

MOGADISHU - Two Kenyans and seven Somali guards were killed in a bomb attack on a vehicle carrying workers to the United Nations compound in Garowe in the Somali region of Puntland on Monday, police said.

Authorities suspect Islamist al Shabaab militants of carrying out the bombing in the northeastern city, Mohamed Abdi, a police officer at the scene said. "A blast hit the bus carrying workers to the UN office ...At least nine people died," he told Reuters.

In recent years al Shabaab has staged several attacks against UN officials in Somalia, most often in the capital Mogadishu, where the U.N has been helping a Western-backed government rebuild the country after more than 20 years of war.

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