Al-Shabaab targets civilians in Mogadishu bombing

MOGADISHU — A car bomb exploded on Tuesday in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu killing at least 15 people and wounding 18 others. Two women were among the dead and seven women were wounded.

Police officer Mohamed Osman Hussein told The Messenger Africa that a minibus laden with explosives detonated inside the Wadajir district headquarters in the capital.

At least 18 injured people including seven (7) women were been taken to hospitals in Mogadishu, Amiin Ambulance service disclosed on its Twitter feed. It added two other women had also been killed in Tuesday’s explosion.

The spokesperson for the Ministry of Internal Security Ahmed Mohamud Mohamed told journalists that more than 10 people were killed in the suicide bomb attack.

He says a number of local government officials and staff members of the district were staying in the building at the time of the blast, adding some of them were injured.

Several vehicles and part of the district building were completely destroyed by the blast, The Messenger Africa‘s journalist Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare reported from the scene of the attack.

Tuesday’s suicide blast in the capital of Mogadishu was immediately claimed by Al Shabaab, the Somali militant group that has allied itself with Al Qaeda. The group said on its website that the explosion targeted senior government officials who had a meeting in the district headquarters in the capital.

Somalis are in the midst of the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast from dawn until sunset and perform prayers and good deeds. President Mohamed Farmaajo condemned Al-Shabaab in a recent statement saying, “All of us know somebody from our youth, our village, our families, who has been killed or injured by the senseless violence of Al-Shabaab.”

“I have personally met the families and the victims of several Al-Shabaab attacks. For those who have suffered under al-Shabaab… I want you to know that we are committed to defeating Al-Shabaab and uniting our people,” the president added.

The latest attack is also on the heels of a youth-led effort on Sunday to clean up the popular Pizza House eatery after it was attacked by Al-Shabaab. “This is a show of defiance to those who attacked and killed innocent people,” said youth Mohamed Jelle, speaking to a local FM station.


Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare