Mogadishu, Somalia — The street, littered with smoldering pieces of debris and bloody body parts in what is yet another suicide car-bombing in the bustling Wadajir district within the capital city of Mogadishu. The al-Qaeda-linked terror group based in Somalia known as Harakat al-Shabaab (HSM) immediately claimed the attack as theirs as the group continues its campaign of death on the Somali government and the U.N. backed peace keepers of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Local witnesses claim that the jihadists concealed the vehicle borne improvised explosive (VBIED) within a milk delivery truck and detonated the vehicle just outside the Wadajir district government building ripping through the building and decimating civilians close to the blast. At least 15 people are reported to have died as a result with up 20 wounded. Most all of the victims were reported to be innocent civilians and the death toll is expected to rise.
A spokesperson for the Mogadishu mayor’s office, Abdifatah Omar Halane, explained that, “More than 10 persons died, 20 others were wounded. The explosion destroyed the building of Wadajir District headquarters. More than 10 cars were destroyed in the explosion.”
Al-Shabaab’s spokesperson for military operations, Abdiasis Abu Musab took to the group’s propaganda outlet, Shahada News Agency, to celebrate the latest attack saying; “It’s a suicide car bomb on Wadajir District building in which Somali officials and their staff stay.” Musab went on to challenge the official death-toll and those killed being reported by the Somali government claiming that; “There are government and their staff who have died at the scene. We will tell you the number of dead later.”
This latest al-Shabaab attack comes on the heels of another car-bombing not one week after the terror group drove a vehicle into the Hodan district of Mogadishu and blew up its VBIED just outside of a popular restaurant then stormed the pizza parlor, took hostages, then exchanged gun-fire with Somali security forces until the U.S. Special Forces trained Danab Group entered the building at dawn and ended the siege. 19 civilians were killed in that attack.
The car-bomb seems to be the leitmotif of the terrorist of al-Shabaab as the season of violence is beginning to reach its crescendo. The Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo declared all out war on al-Shabaab back in April of this year and the final days of the 60 day amnesty period he gave to al-Shabaab comes to a close at the end of June. Farmaajo’s declaration details his hope that the country of Somalia will be rid of the last remnants of al-Shabaab in two years time and according to Somali government Senior Media Advisor, Hussein Jabiri the preparations for an all out offensive have reached their final phase and the Somali National Army will be hitting al-Shabaab hard potentially as early as next month.
Feature image courtesy of: Reuters