Conflicts & War

Suicide bombing in Somalia leaves 2 dead

Mogadishu, Nov 11 (EFE).- At least two people were killed and three others wounded Thursday in a suicide car-bomb attack on a convoy of African Union peacekeeping troops in this capital, Somali National Television reported.

The explosion took place as vehicles carrying members of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) were traveling near the Villa Baidoa military base in central Mogadishu, the network said, citing sources in the security services.

The al-Shabab jihadist group claimed responsibility for the blast, Somalia’s Shabelle Media Network reported.

Shabelle also put the number of fatalities at three.

Though nominally under the control of the Somali government, Mogadishu is a frequent target for attacks by Al-Shabab, which holds rural areas in the central and southern part of the war-ravaged African nation.

Al-Shabab, an affiliate of al-Qaeda, aims to expel all foreign forces from Somalia and establish a strict Islamic state.

Somalia has been in a state of upheaval since 1991, when the toppling of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre left the country without an effective government and vulnerable to Islamic militants, warlords and criminal groups. EFE


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