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Twin suicide bombing in Somalia leaves 20 dead

On Saturday, October 13th 2018, suicide bombers targeted restaurants in Baidoa, southern Somalia. The attack left 20 dead and another 40 injured.

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack and said they targeted the restaurants as they were frequented by government troops.

The attacks followed a US airstrike against al Shabaab militants in Haradere, a district in Galmudug region.

The bombings came almost a year after the deadliest attack since the al Shabaab insurgency began, which took place October 14th 2017 and left hundreds dead in the suicide blast in Mogadishu.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) monitors civilian casualties from explosive violence reported in English-language media sources worldwide.

Somalia has seen 451 civilian casualties from explosive violence in the first nine months of 2018. Of these, 405 were caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) – 265 from suicide bombings alone.

Despite a 31% decrease in civilian casualties from explosive violence in Somalia during the first nine months of 2018, compared to the same period the previous year, it is clear the al Shabaab retains the ability to carry out devastating attacks in the country.

AOAV calls for states and international organisations to work collaboratively to generate greater awareness of the number of civilians killed and injured each year by IEDs, and encourage a greater stigma from political, religious and social leaders on the use of IEDs. There is an urgent need for preventative measures to be implemented by States and the international community.