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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Somalia Shaken by Suicide Bombing

BAIDOA, Somalia -- Somali police stepped up investigations Tuesday to discover who was behind the country's first known suicide bombing, which targeted interim Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf.

Yusuf has blamed al-Qaida for the attack, which killed five people, including his brother, outside the parliament in the provincial town of Baidoa. Six attackers were also killed in a gun battle with Yusuf's bodyguards after the explosion.

Officials said that, despite 15 years of clan-based fighting, Monday's attack raised fears that Somalia was facing a new kind of violence with the unprecedented suicide bombing.

"The security is very tight," Somali Foreign Minister Ismail Hurre Buba, said in Nairobi, Kenya. "We are in the process of investigations and we are getting a lot of information."

Yusuf told the BBC Somali service that the attackers rammed a car packed with explosives into his convoy but that he escaped the burning car.