Somalian player killed in bombing

Updated: February 22, 2011, 10:16 AM ET
Associated Press

ZURICH -- 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.

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 Wednesday in Khartoum, Sudan.


Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

SPONSORED HEADLINES