– The Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack
New delhi date. 28 July 2022, Thursday
At least 19 people were killed and 23 injured in separate bomb attacks in two Somali cities on Wednesday. Both attacks took place in Lower Shabelle area. The first incident took place in the city of Marka. There an attacker has blown himself up with a bomb. 13 people lost their lives and 5 were injured. Another incident took place in the town of Afgoi, where two attacks took place. 7 people were killed and 18 others were injured in the attack.
Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack. An official said the first explosion occurred outside the city’s administrative headquarters. Mayor Abdullahi Ali Wafo was targeted. The governor there, Ibrahim Adan Ali Naza, said, ‘The suicide bomber was wearing an explosive jacket. He blew himself up as soon as he reached the administrative headquarters. Mayor Abdullahi Ali has died in this attack. 12 people including the attacker have died.’
Another bomb blast took place in the market
The official said two attacks took place at a local market in Afgoi town. 7 people died and 18 people were injured in these 2 roadside bomb blasts. Former spokesman for the Afgoy district administration, Abdukadir Idol, said two landmines had exploded. The second explosion was terrifying. There was a second blast when a rescue operation was carried out after the first blast. It is reported that 2 soldiers were killed in the blast. However, the dead have not been identified yet.
What is Al-Shabaab?
Al-Shabaab is a terrorist organization. Its aim is to overthrow the government of Somalia that was formed in the year 2017. Al-Shabaab was born in the year 2006. He believes in Wahhabi Islam of Saudi Arabia. An association of Sharia courts was held by the Union of Islamic Courts in the city of Mogadishu. Its head was Sharif Sheikh Ahmad. In 2006, the Ethiopian army defeated this organization and al-Shabaab was born. Al-Shabaab is a radical wing of the Union of Islamic Courts.