Sunday, a roadside bomb went off outside Dhumasareeb killing twelve agents of the National Intelligence and Security Agency including intelligence chief, Abdirashid Abdunur.
The bombing was claimed by al Qaeda-linked militant group, al-Shabaab.
The bomb detonated following a meeting of Somali leaders to resolve disputes regarding the presidential election slated for Monday. Political leaders have been unable to decide on a selection process, and experts say this may lead to more political turmoil.
Monday’s election was meant to be Somalia’s first direct election in 30 years, but the rising insecurity moved the country’s leaders to adopt an indirect election where elders pick some lawmakers who would choose the president.
Regional authorities in Puntland and Jubbaland, two of Somalia’s federal states support postponing the elections for now.
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