#Death Toll From Mogadishu Blasts Rises to 11
Police in Somalia say the death toll from Saturday’s double explosions in Mogadishu has climbed to 11 while more than 20 others had been injured, Axadle reports.
General Bashir Abdi Mohamed, Somali police boss, told reporters during a press conference in the capital that both car bomb blasts targeted two police security check points near the parliament headquarters and airport.
The UN mission in Somalia condemned Saturday’s deadly attacks in Mogadishu, saying no political agenda can be served by acts of terrorism. Turkey has also slammed the twin bombings in the capital.
Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attacks which were the deadliest in this month.
Somali Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Khaire has toured the sites of the blasts, Sayidka and KM4 junctions on Saturday evening and lauded security forces for their bravery and courage to avert the bomb attacks.
“This is really very terrible.”
Militant group Al Shabab, which often targets the capital, said the blasts were meant to strike the first line of security checkpoints for the heavily fortified airport and the presidential palace. The airport is home to a number of diplomatic offices. The palace is a frequent target of the group.
Nine civilians were executed by a local militia after the killing of a policeman by Al Shabab, police said on Saturday.
The revenge attack on Friday just outside Galkayo — one of the most developed cities in the centre of the country — targeted the Rahanweyn clan, several of whose members are suspected of being Shabab militants.
“This was a horrible incident, a gruesome killing against nine unarmed innocent civilians in southern Galkayo. All of the civilians belong to one clan and the gunmen shot them dead in one location a few minutes after suspected Shabab gunmen killed” a policeman, Mohamed Abdirahman, a local police official said.
“This is an unacceptable act and we will bring those perpetrators to justice,” said Hussein Dini, a traditional elder.
“Their killing cannot be justified. It seems that the merciless gunmen were retaliating for the security official who they believe was killed by Al Shabab gunmen belonging to the clan of the victims.”
Witnesses told local media that the victims were rounded up from the streets or their homes and then shot dead on the outskirts of Galkayo.
Local officials have in the past fingered the Rahanweyn clan for fomenting instability in the region and supplying fighters to the Shabab.
Galkayo, situated about 600 kilometres (380 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu, straddles the frontier with the self-proclaimed autonomous regions of Puntland and Galmudug.
The city has been the scene of violent clashes between forces of the two regions in recent years and also witnessed violence between the two rival clans occupying its northern and southern districts.
Despite losing ground, the militants had stepped up their assault against the government and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) bases across south and central parts of the Horn of Africa nation.