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‘Homemade Mine’ Blast Kills Five in Somalia’s Mogadishu – Police


  20 Février      17        Securité (107),

   

Mogadishu, 20/02/2024 (MAP) – In a tragic incident on Monday evening, a bomb attack in Mogadishu resulted in the loss of five lives and left around ten individuals injured, according to a statement released by the Somali police on Tuesday.

The improvised explosive device, described as a « homemade mine », was strategically placed along the roadside in the Heliwa district. Its intended targets were passengers of a minibus and a motorcycle taxi, as reported by the police. The statement also identified the terrorist group Al-Shabaab as the likely perpetrator behind this attack.

Al-Shabaab, affiliated with Al-Qaeda, has been responsible for a series of attacks in various locations. These incidents have occurred since the conclusion of the first phase of the withdrawal of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces in June of the previous year. Concurrently, the Somali army has intensified its efforts in countering the insurgency.

In 2022, shortly after his inauguration, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud initiated an offensive with the aim of eradicating the terrorist threat and restoring peace. The first phase of this operation successfully liberated numerous areas in the central and southern regions of the country from the grip of extremists.

President Mohamoud has now revealed that the second phase of the offensive will be concentrated on the Galmudug and Hirshabelle states, areas that remain vulnerable to insurgent activities.

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