Al-Shabab Attack Kills 11 People in Mogadishu

A suicide bomb blast killed at least 11 people on Tuesday in the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses and officials said.

Eyewitnesses said the bomber broke into a tea shop, which is made of zinc, and detonated the explosive vest he was wearing inside the shop.

The attack took place near a checkpoint guarded by Somali government security forces in Wadajir district, which is next to Mogadishu airport and the headquarters of the African Union force known as AMISOM.

A number of soldiers and civilians were among the dead, according to a Somali government official who asked not to be identified because he was not allowed to speak to the media.

The militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble condemned the “barbaric actions” of the al-Shabab group.

“I condemn today’s bombing by the al-Shabab terrorist (group) of a tea shop in Wadajir district, which resulted in a number of deaths and injured innocent people,” Roble wrote in a post on his social media.

“May God have mercy on the dead and heal the wounded.”

Roble said the attack demonstrated al-Shabab’s “thirst for the indiscriminate bloodshed of the Somali people.”

Thousands of Somali civilians have been killed in fighting involving al-Shabab since 2006. The group is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government. (mg/rs)

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