Somalia: Al Shabaab claims bomb explosion in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU — The armed group Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s bomb explosion and an assassination carried out in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

The group said in an online statement that its fighters had shot and killed a military officer identified as Col. Abdullahi Radiyow in the city’s Wadajir district.

The statement also reads that the group had been behind bomb explosives which were fitted to a car belonging to a senior government official, Mahad Abdi Abdullahi that exploded in the capital.

Mahad was injured after his car exploded while he was on his way home.

“We have targeted the enemy of our people in the capital of Mogadishu. No one can prevent us for killing of our enemy,” the statement reads.

The group has vowed to step up its attacks against government troops, along with African Union forces’ bases in and out of the capital during the holy month of Ramadan.

Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare