Somali leaders condemn suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu


Somali President Mohamed Farmajo and Prime Minister Mohamed Roble have condemned Sunday evening’s suicide bomb attack in the restive capital, Mogadishu, that left at least six people dead and six others injured.

In separate statements, Farmajo and Roble sent their condolences to the families of those who lost their lives, including two senior police officers, and wished quick recovery for those injured.

“President Farmajo sends his profound condolences to families and all Somali people for the loss of police officers and civilians who were killed in Sunday’s cowardly terrorist blast in Mogadishu,” the president said in a statement.

According to police spokesman Sadik Aden, a suicide bomber in a speeding vehicle detonated his vest at the front gate of the Waberi police district police station.

Ahmed Abdullahi Bashane, commander of Waberi district, and Abdibasid Mohamud Agey, deputy commander of Weliyow Adde police department, were among those killed, along with three other police officers, Aden said.

A civilian who lived next to the station also died in the explosion, which took place despite tight security in Mogadishu and its environs during the holy month of Ramadan, the police spokesman said.

The attack occurred in the last days of Ramadan when people were making preparations for Eid celebrations.

Al-Shabab, which has been fighting the internationally recognized government, claimed responsibility for Sunday’s terror attack.

The al-Qaida-allied terror group, which was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 by allied forces, still controls vast rural areas and remains a major threat to peace in Somalia.


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