MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
At least 25 people were killed and several others
injured early Monday after suspected al-Shabab militants
detonated a car bomb and later stormed the residence of a cleric
in Galkayo in central Somalia, police and local residents said.
Mohamed Abdi in Galkayo told Xinhua that the car bomb rammed
into the gate of the center and then gunmen stormed in.
“After the car
exploded in front of the gate, gunmen gained entry into the
center killing the cleric and his followers, we have information
that over 25 people died in the attack,” Abdi said
The cleric which was
identified as Sheikh Abdiweli Ali Elmi sparked controversy
recently after al-Shabab accused him of insulting Prophet
Residents said that
they heard huge blasts from the religious center.
“We heard blasts and
gunfire, many people were killed in the place,” Amina Ahmed, a
resident, told Xinhua.
Security forces from
the state of Galmudug ended siege at the cleric’s camp.
responsibility for the attack, saying that they targeted the
camp of cleric Elmi in Galkayo town.