8 dead as explosion rocks Mogadishu, al Shabaab claims responsibility
MOGADISHU (SOMALIA) – At least eight people were killed and 14 injured when a huge explosion rocked a military base in Mogadishu on Saturday. Militant group al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the blast.
Resident of the locality Halima Abdisalan said soldiers opened fire after the explosion.
“We ran indoors in fear,” said the mother of three. “Soon I could see a military pickup speeding and carrying many soldiers covered with blood. I do not know if they were all dead or injured.”
Army officer Major Abdullahi Mohamud confirmed it was an attack. “It must be a suicide car bomb, I am now transporting casualties,” he said.
Al Shabaab group spokesperson Abdiasis Abu Musab said: “We conducted a successful martyrdom operation on a major apostate military base in Mogadishu.”
“The enemy suffered many casualties and military vehicles were destroyed.”
The country has been witnessing violence and bloodshed since the 90s when warlords ousted leader Siad Barre and then started fighting each other.
Since 2008, al Shabaab militants have been fighting against the globally recognised government in Mogadishu and establish a rule based on its own interpretation of Sharia law.
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