MOGADISHU: A bomb killed up to five spectators at a football match in southern Somalia, police and a lawmaker said, the first time an explosion has targeted a stadium.
The blast went off in the port town of Barawe, in the Lower Shabelle region, when residents were watching a football match on April 12 afternoon, police said, adding that al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab could be behind the attack.
Police said it appeared to have been detonated by remote control.
“The bomb killed five people and injured a dozen others in the football field. All the casualties were from the onlookers,” Mahad Dhoore, a lawmaker for South West state told Reuters.
Police officer Mohamed Aden said al Shabaab group was suspected of being behind the attack and put the number of dead at four and wounded at 12.