A woman walks past the scene of the car bomb attack in Mogadishu yesterday.
At least 18 people were killed in Somalia yesterday in two bomb attacks carried out by suspected Shebaab militants in the south of the country and the capital Mogadishu, officials said.
In the first attack, a suicide bomber drove a vehicle laden with explosives into a base on the outskirts of the southern city of Kismayo, where African Union peacekeepers from Kenya as well as Somali government soldiers are stationed.
In a second attack late yesterday, at least four civilians died when a car bomb went off near a police station in Mogadishu, officials said.
“A minibus loaded with explosives was detonated inside the training part of the military camp,” Mohamed Abisalad, a Somali military official in Kismayo, said.
“Fourteen soldiers were confirmed dead and more than 20 wounded,” he added.
Witnesses said the wounded soldiers were admitted to Kismayo’s main hospital. Eyewitness Adan Hussein also said at least 10 soldiers died in the attack.
In the Mogadishu attack, police official Abdullah Osoble said four people were killed and at least 10 others were wounded when a car bomb went off near a police station and also a settlement used by displaced persons.
The Al Qaeda-affiliated Shebaab said it carried out the Kismayo attack, and said the death toll was significantly higher than reported—claiming that 100 “apostate militia”, the term it uses for Somali government troops, died.
The Shebaab said in a statement the attack was “carried out by one of the brave Mujahedeen suicide attackers who drove his vehicle through the enemy inside a training camp and detonated”.
The Islamists are fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu.
Shebaab has lost control of most of it territories to African Union troops in recent years but has stepped up attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere.
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