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8 injured as car bomb targets army checkpoint in Somalia capital

September 13, 2023 at 2:41 pm

Security forces take security measures at the area after bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia on April 03, 2023 [Abukar Mohamed Muhudin/Anadolu Agency]

At least eight people, including security personnel, were wounded in a car bomb attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday, an official said, Anadolu Agency reports.

The attack targeted a security checkpoint in the neighbourhood of Deyniile in Mogadishu.

“A car full of explosives targeted our security forces checkpoint today. Eight people were wounded and rushed to a hospital for treatment,” Ali Hassan, a security official in the Hodan district of Mogadishu, told Anadolu over the phone.

Al-Shabaab terrorists claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Meanwhile, Somali Defence Ministry said, Wednesday, that the army conducted an operation in the south-western Bay region targeting senior Al-Shabaab terrorist leaders.

In a statement, the Ministry said the forces “eliminated” the head of finance in the Bay region and other senior Al-Shabaab terrorists.

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The Horn of Africa country has been plagued by insecurity for years, with the main threats emanating from Al-Shabaab and the Daesh terror groups.

Since 2007, the Al-Shabaab terror group has been fighting the Somali government and the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), a multi-dimensional mission authorised by the African Union and mandated by the United Nations Security Council.

The terror group has increased attacks since Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who was elected for a second term last year, declared an “all-out war” on Al-Shabaab.