- Explosion outside school in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu kills 8 including students
- Extremist organization al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the blast
- This al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab organization frequently attacks Mogadishu
Mogadishu: At least eight people, including students, were killed in a massive explosion outside a school in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Thursday. Eyewitnesses gave this information. At the same time, the extremist organization al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the blast. Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab controls large parts of Somalia’s rural area and continues to obstruct the country’s reconstruction work after three decades of conflict.
A plume of smoke was seen rising in Mogadishu after the blast on Thursday morning. A portion of the school collapsed due to the blast and emergency personnel were seen searching the injured between the collapsed ceiling and wooden furniture. Police spokesman Abdifatah Adam Hassan said eight people were killed and 17 others were injured in the blast.
The extremist group al-Shabaab said in a statement on its Andalusian radio that it had targeted Western officials guarding an African Union peacekeeping convoy, while Hassan Ali, an eyewitness, said a The private security company was engaged in the security of the officers. Ali said he saw four security personnel in injured condition. Let us tell you that al-Qaeda-linked groups often carry out attacks in the capital.
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