Worshipper killed in Somali mosque blast

MOGADISHU - A grenade attack at a mosque in Somalia's Islamist-controlled port town Kismayo killed at least one person and wounded 13 others, witnesses said yesterday, two days after blasts killed 32 in Mogadishu.

MOGADISHU - A grenade attack at a mosque in Somalia's Islamist-controlled port town Kismayo killed at least one person and wounded 13 others, witnesses said yesterday, two days after blasts killed 32 in Mogadishu.

Attackers threw a grenade into a mosque during prayers late on Sunday, Sheik Abukar Ali Adan, the head of Shebab group governing Kismayo, about 500km south of the capital Mogadishu, said.

"After investigations we came to know that the explosion was a hand grenade that was hurled at the mosque by assailants who fled after the attack. One worshipper was killed and 13 others injured.

"We warn people to be alert every time and pay more attention because the enemy is planning barbaric and cowardly attacks against Muslims," Adan said.

On Saturday, 32 people were killed in twin explosions that rocked a mosque in a Mogadishu district controlled by the hardline Islamists. The Shebab blamed the Western-backed Somali government for the attack.

In Kismayo, witnesses said they were getting frightened by the recent attacks on mosques.

Saturday's blasts at the Mo-gadishu mosque was the worst since a suicide bombing in a hotel in December killed 57 people, including several government ministers. - Sapa-AFP

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