AU force in Somalia on alert after minister killed

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Posted: Jun 11, 2011 5:50 AM
AU force in Somalia on alert after minister killed

A spokesman for African Union peacekeepers backing Somalia's fragile government says his forces are on high alert a day after a suspected female suicide bomber killed the country's interior minister.

Maj. Paddy Ankunda said Saturday the AU force is on alert after al-Qaida-linked militants of al-Shabab vowed to carry out "brazen attacks deep inside enemy territory."

Interior Minister Abdishakur Sheik Hassan was killed Friday in an explosion in his home, and a female relative was suspected to be the bomber.

Al-Shabab militants battling Somalia's fragile government use suicide bombers to demoralize the government and their African backers.

Somalia has not had an effective government for two decades.