The armed group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the latest attack in Somalia’s capital.
According to police and witnesses, at least nine persons were killed in a suspected suicide bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital.
The incident on Tuesday killed and injured civilians as well as security personnel.
“There are still investigations going on but with all indications so far, a suicide bomber caused the blast,” police officer Mohamed Ali was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency, adding that six members of the security forces and three civilians were killed and 11 other people wounded.
Another police officer in Mogadishu, Dadir Hassan, reported the dead toll had risen to 11. The suicide bomber, he informed Anadolu Agency over the phone, targeted a busy tea store near a major military base in Mogadishu.
“The preliminary investigations confirmed that the attack was a result of lone suicide bomber who blew himself at a teashop where security forces and civilians frequented and we can confirm that at least 11 people, including soldiers, were killed and several others wounded,” Hassan said.
The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab military organization, which has been battling to remove Somalia’s federal government, claimed responsibility for the bombing.
“I have passed by the area a few minutes after the blast, the whole area was in a mess with abandoned shoes belonging to the victims,” witness Kudow Yusuf told AFP.
Another witness, Adan Hussein, said he had seen several bodies, some of them in uniform, carried into ambulances.
Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble condemned the “indiscriminate” attack.
“This barbaric act shows how al-Shabab terrorists are thirsty for the indiscriminate bloodshed of the Somali people, forcing us to cooperate in fighting terrorism,” Roble said.
Al-Shabab controlled the capital until 2011, when it was pushed out by African Union troops, but it still holds territory in the countryside and launches frequent attacks against government and civilian targets in Mogadishu and elsewhere.
Source: AL JAZEERA