Mogadishu (Reuters)-The government said at least ten people were killed when a suicide bomb attacked a temporary kiosk in the capital of Somalia on Saturday. A few hours later, al-Shabaab Islamic militants attacked two nationals outside the city. Military base.
Ismail Mukhtar Omar, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Information, told Reuters: “A suicide bomber killed a poor mother who sold tea, milk and (anaesthetic leaves) Kata leaves. Trees,” he added, adding that more people were injured in the attack.
The Al-Shabaab did not immediately comment. Al-Shabaab earlier claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Barrière and Ojigrad military bases.
The army said earlier that there were casualties on both sides in these attacks, but they are now under control.
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Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab militants have launched attacks for several years and levied tolls on trade during the campaign to enforce strict religious laws.
On Saturday’s attack, people were even more concerned that the organization might seek to exploit the vulnerability caused by the failure to hold the parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for February.
Officer Hussein Nur said the army lost “a few” soldiers in the attack on the base, but did not provide an exact figure.
He told Reuters that reinforcements sent by the army from other troops killed unidentified attackers in the ensuing battle.
He said that the army has taken control of the base and surrounding areas, and “we are hunting down militants in the surrounding jungle.”
The Al-Shabaab said it had launched a car-borne suicide bomb attack on the Barrière base, and also attacked the nearby Awdhigle base with car bombs and fighter jets to prevent the troops stationed there from strengthening Barrière.
Abdiasis Abu Musab, spokesman for Al-Shabaab’s military operations, told Reuters that he said: “We occupied the Barrière base, captured three military vehicles, and took two of them. Cars.”
He said that the third vehicle-mounted explosive device hit the government convoy starting from Mogadishu and reinforced it. He also said that there were casualties on both sides of the attack.
Reporting by Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh Writing by Duncan Miriri Editing by Frances Kerry