- Eight people were killed, and over 12 were injured in a car bomb near a school in Mogadishu on Thursday, police said, in the last attack was by Al-Shabaab jihadists in the country.
- Witnesses said a large ship carrying troops from AMISOM, the African Union force fighting the militants, passed by the area when the bomb blasted.
Eight people were killed, and over 12 were injured in a car bomb near a school in Mogadishu on Thursday, police said, in the last attack was by Al-Shabaab jihadists in the country.
“Eight citizens were killed, and 17 were injured in the blast,” Abdifatah Adan, a spokesperson for Somalia’s police, said in a statement, without giving any details.
Security officer Mohamed Abdillahi told AFP earlier that the blast was done by a car bomb that injured 11 students.
“We do not know the aim of the blast,” he said.
Al-Shabaab took responsibility for the bombing, saying it was for the “military trainers.”
Witnesses said a large ship carrying troops from AMISOM, the African Union force fighting the militants, passed by the area when the bomb blasted.
“I was near to the area when the blast burst; there was an AMISOM ship… passing by,” Said Ibrahim.
Witnesses said the bomb created massive damage to the school and vehicles parked there.
“The school building was badly destroyed, and some of their school buses were damaged,” Ahmed Bare, a security guard, said.
The director of Mogadishu’s Aamin ambulance service, Abdirahman, shared photos on Twitter, calling the bombing “a tragedy.”
The Al-Qaeda-linked militants regularly carry out attacks in the capital and elsewhere in the country, most recently targeting a prominent Somali journalist killed by a bomb on Saturday.
Mohamud Guled, the director of government-owned Radio, was a critic of the Islamists.
The militants claimed two attacks in September that killed around 17 civilians.
A car blast on September 25 near the palace killed eight people, along with the PM’s adviser for girl and human rights, Hibaq Abukar.
Eleven days before, most of them members of Somalia’s security forces, died in a blast near a Mogadishu checkpoint.
Al-Shabaab controlled the capital until 2011, when AMISOM troops pushed it out. However, it still holds territory in the countryside and launches frequent attacks against government and civilian targets in Mogadishu and elsewhere.
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