A Suicide Bombing At The Capital Of Somalia
In Somalia, a suicide bomber who targeted a military base close to the capital city of Mogadishu detonated himself, killing one soldier and injuring at least six others.
Before setting off the explosion, the bomber pretended to be a soldier and entered a military base early on Sunday, according to Captain Aden Omar, an officer at the base.
“We lost one soldier and several others were injured. The bomber blew up himself at a checkpoint,” he said.
A nurse at Madina Hospital in Mogadishu said it received one dead soldier and six others who were wounded.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack but the armed group al-Shabab frequently carries out bombings and gun attacks in Somalia and elsewhere.
The al-Qaeda-allied group wants to topple Somalia’s government and establish its own rule. It has battled Somalia’s central government for more than a decade. The group frequently launches bombings, gun assaults and other attacks on military and civilian targets.
In an attack last month, al-Shabab terrorists attacked the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu, setting off a 30-hour struggle as government troops tried to break the siege and release captives. More than 20 people were murdered in the attack.
African Union troops expelled the armed group from Mogadishu in 2011. But it continues to rule over large areas of the countryside.
The bloodiest assault happened in October 2017 in Mogadishu when a vehicle full of explosives exploded, killing 512 people.