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Somali plane blast was a deliberate bombing attack

Officials said the bomb was intended to kill all those on board the plane Credit: Harun Maruf

An explosion which blasted a hole in the side of a Somali plane was caused by a bomb deliberately planted in the aircraft, the country's minister for transport has confirmed.

"We have confirmed that it was a bomb that exploded," Ali Ahmed Jamac told a news conference on Saturday.

"It was meant to kill all aboard."

The plane was forced to make an emergency landing inMogadishu after the explosion on Tuesday.

One elderly man, who is suspected of being the bomber, was sucked out of the side of the plane and died. Two other passenger suffered minor injuries.

Officials have not yet confirmed a motive for the bombing, though it is thought that it may have been the work of Islamist al Shabaab militants.

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Somali plane explosion 'was likely caused by bomb'

The hole in the side of the plane. Credit: Harun Maruf

An explosion on a Somali plane was likely caused by a bomb, US officials have said.

The sources, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said no group is known to have claimed responsibility for the blast and forensic evidence was lacking.

One person died on Tuesday when the Daallo Airlines Airbus A321 carrying 74 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing after a huge hole was blown in its side.

Earlier officials at Somalia's civil aviation authority said they had found no evidence so far of a criminal act.

Several killed in Somalia beach cafe attack

At least 17 people have been killed after Islamist gunmen attacked a popular beachside restaurant in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, according to Somali police.

Reuters quoted police officer Osman Nur as saying: "The operation ended at 3am last night [Thursday] and at least 17 civilians were killed."

The al-Shabab militant group said its members had set off two car bombs at the Beach View Cafe on Mogadishu's Lido beach, and engaged in a gun battle for hours with government troops.

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