Blatter mourns Somalia football prospect

AP , Tuesday 22 Feb 2011

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has offered sympathy to Somalia after one of the African country’s best young players was killed by a suicide bomber in Mogadishu

Somalia suicide attack
A suicide bomber kills eight people

Under-20 international Abdi Salaan Mohamed Ali was among eight people killed when a car packed with explosives was detonated at a police station on Monday.

Two other players, Mahmoud Amin Mohamed and Siid Ali Mohamed Xiis, were among 35 people injured.

A militant Islamic group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Blatter wrote to Somali football federation President Said Mahmoud Nur on behalf of FIFA “with a sad heart … having learned of the tragedy.”

Blatter and Nur are scheduled to attend the annual African football congress on Wednesday in Khartoum, Sudan.

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