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Somalia Interior Minister Killed in Mogadishu Suicide Blast

June 10, 2011

(Updates with comment from al-Shabaab in third paragraph.)

June 10 (Bloomberg) -- Somalia’s interior minister, Abdishakur Sheikh Hassan Farah, died after an attack in his home in Mogadishu, the capital, by a female suicide bomber that a police spokesman said was his niece.

The woman was at Farah’s house to discuss her education when the bomb exploded, police Captain Hassan Mohamed said by phone.

Al-Shabaab, a group the U.S. accuses of having links to al- Qaeda, “successfully implemented” its mission to kill the minister, Sheikh Abdikarim Abdullahi Yusuf, a commander with the group, in, said in a telephone interview.

Farah was killed by an “anti-peace group,” said Information Minister Abdikarim Jama, by phone today.

Somalia’s government has been battling Islamic insurgents, including al-Shabaab, since 2007. The incident today is at least the second apparent suicide bombing in two days, following an attack on the port at Mogadishu that killed one civilian and injured three African Union Mission for Somalia soldiers.

--Editors: Emily Bowers, Karl Maier.

To contact the reporter on this story: Hamsa Omar in Mogadishu via Nairobi at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at

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