Nine individuals, most of them members of Somalia’s safety forces, had been killed in a suspected suicide bombing at a checkpoint within the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, police and witnesses stated.
The assault befell close to a checkpoint visited by the safety forces, says police Mohamed Ali.
“Investigations are still ongoing, but with all indications so far, a suicide bomber caused the explosion,” he stated, including that six members of the safety forces and three civilians had been killed and 11 others injured.
The bombing was claimed by al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab terrorist group, which has been preventing to overthrow the Somali federal authorities since 2007 and has carried out waves of assaults.
The terrorist group managed the capital till 2011 when it was pushed out by African Union troops, nevertheless it nonetheless has rural territory and infrequently launches assaults on governments and civilian targets in Mogadishu and elsewhere.
Al-Shabab has been behind lots of of terrorist assaults through the years, together with a 2017 bombing within the capital Mogadishu that killed about 600 individuals, the worst assault within the nation’s historical past.