Al-Shabab claims deadly Mogadishu bombing

UN convoy escorted by private security targeted in Somali capital's airport complex, leaving at least four people dead.

    Al-Shabab claims deadly Mogadishu bombing
    Wednesday's explosion occurred in the airport zone in the capital Mogadishu [Mustaf Abdi/Al Jazeera]

    At least four people have been killed in a car-bomb attack close to the heavily fortified gates of the airport in Mogadishu, Somali police say.

    Both the airport and the adjoining UN mission have been frequently targeted in the past by the Somali armed group al-Shabab, which is fighting to overthrow the country's internationally backed government.

    In a statement, AbdiAziz Musab, al-Shabab's  military spokesman, claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack in the airport zone.

    "Our Mujahideen based in Mogadishu have today targeted a convoy of foreign mercenaries and their apostate allies nearby the airport," he said.

    Witnesses said the UN convoy targeted consisted of four armoured vehicles escorted by private security personnel driving in pickups.

    UN convoys are systematically flanked by pickup vehicles carrying private security officers who provide protection for international staff.

    "The bomber drove in between UN armoured vehicles and its security escort and detonated the car, ramming into one of the escort vehicles," Mohamed Liban, a police officer, told the AFP news agency.

    A number of foreign diplomatic missions are based inside the airport zone, which has also been used to house a number of UN staff since a UN compound in Mogadishu's city centre was attacked by al-Shabab last year.

    The airport zone is also the base of the 22,000-strong African Union force fighting the al-Shabab.

    The attack appeared to be a repeat of an al-Shabab operation in February, when seven people - Somali guards, passers-by and shop owners - were killed in a suicide attack on a convoy carrying UN staff near the airport.

    Al-Shabab fighters have carried out a string of attacks in Mogadishu this year, including against the presidency, parliament and intelligence headquarters.

    Al-Shabab has also stepped up operations in Kenya, and on Tuesday killed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers in a Kenyan border town. 

     

     

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.