Five killed, 14 wounded in bomb attack in Somalia's Mogadishu; Al-Shabab claims responsibility

WION Web Team
Mogadishu Published: Jan 02, 2021, 11.13 PM(IST)

Mogadishu, Somali. Photograph:( Others )

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The Somalia-based group often targets Mogadishu with suicide bombings and other attacks, and it has exploded bombs against the Turkish military and other targets there in the past.

Al-Qaida-linked Somali terror outfit Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing near the capital Mogadishu that killed at least five people, media reported Saturday.

The Somalia-based group often targets Mogadishu with suicide bombings and other attacks, and it has exploded bombs against the Turkish military and other targets there in the past.

The blast occurred south of the capital targeting a Turkish-led construction crew laying a tarmac road, Somali news portal Garowe Online reported. Al-Shabaab claimed that the blast killed one Turkish official and two Somali police officers, according to the outlet.

The road project linking Mogadishu to the nearby town of Afgoye was funded by a Qatari donation, with the Turkish construction company securing the contract, Garowe reported.

Somalia has been engulfed in violence since the eruption of a civil war between clan-based armed groups in the early 1990s. 
The situation was further complicated by the emergence of terror groups like Al-Shabaab, linked to al-Qaeda, which regularly carry out bombings and attacks.

(With inputs from agencies)

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