Somalia says blind woman carried out deadly 24 July Mogadishu blast

The Somali government has released details of the preliminary investigations into the 24 July explosion which targeted the Banadir regional administration headquarters in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The government said the blast, which killed officials of the Mogadishu local government including the late Banadir governor, was carried out by a blind female suicide bomber with assistance from a second female, who, the authorities confirmed, both worked for the local government.

In a statement released today, the government said that preliminary investigations indicated the two women did not go through a proper vetting process when they were employed.

The government’s statement was issued as Mogadishu residents gathered at Mogadishu stadium on Friday to honour the late mayor of Mogadishu, Mohamed Omar Osman Yarisow, and other victims of the suicide blast which killed over 10 people and wounded many others.

The attack claimed by the militant group Al-Shabaab targeted the mayor’s office while a security meeting was ongoing.