Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Death toll in Mogadishu rises to 8, as Shabaab claims bombing

Eight people were killed and over a dozen injured in a car bomb attack near a school in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday, police said. “Eight civilians were killed and 17 others injured in the blast,” said Abdifatah Adan, a spokesman for the Somali police, in a brief statement without giving further details.

Security officer Mohamed Abdillahi previously told AFP that the explosion was caused by a car bomb that injured 11 students. < / p>

“We don’t know the target of the attack,” he said.

Al-Shabaab confessed to the bombing, which was allegedly aimed at “military trainers”.

Witnesses said a large convoy of troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), the AU force that fought the militants, was crossing the area when the bomb exploded.

“I was in near the area when the explosion took place; it was an amisome -Convoy … over, “Ibrahim told AFP.

Witnesses said the bomb severely damaged the school and vehicles parked nearby.

” The school building became heavy damaged and destroyed some of their school buses, “Ahmed Bare, a security guard in a nearby building, told AFP.

Mogadishu Aamin Ambulance Director Abdikadir Abdirahman shared photos of the wrecked scene on Twitter and called the bombing “a tragedy”.

Al – Al-Shabaab militants affiliated with Al-Shabaab regularly carry out attacks in the capital and elsewhere in the country, most recently against a prominent Somali journalist who reported on Saturday at a Bomb attack was killed. Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled, the director of the state-owned radio Mogadishu, was a harsh critic of the Islamists.

Al-Shabaab, which has been leading a violent uprising against the country’s fragile government since 2007, said its militants had long had journalists persecuted.

The militants also claimed to have two attacks in September that killed a total of 17 people.

Came in a car bomb attack on September 25 near the Presidential Palace eight people died, including Hibaq Abukar, Prime Minister’s Advisor on Women and Human Rights.

Eleven days earlier, nine people, most of them members of the Somali security forces, died in an explosion near a checkpoint in Mogadishu.

Al-Shabaab controlled the capital until 2011 when it was driven out by Amisom troops, but it still holds territory in the country and frequently launches attacks against state and civilian organizations ile destinations in Mogadishu and elsewhere.