Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for today’s deadly blast in Daynile
Mogadishu (Harar24) – An explosion that occurred today in the Daynile district of Mogadishu claimed the lives of at least thirteen people, including ten soldiers.
The explosive device which targeted Somali soldiers was planted in an area frequented by soldiers where they would chew khat and drink tea, the explosive was triggered via the use of a remote control residents told Harar24.”Every afternoon when the khat would arrive they would all gather and sit over there” pointing the area said one of the locals, “they gathered there again today to chew their khat and to count their salaries that they’d just received, then the explosion occurred”
The explosion occurred just a day after the Mayor of Mogadishu, Tarsan visited the area and announced that the city has started to become more safe and urged residents of Daynile whom are labeled by many as “Shabaab sympathizers”, to cooperate with the government in ousting Al-Shabaab. Mr. Tarsan in his speech yesterday furthermore declared that the era of Al-Shabaab was over.
According to local sources Salad Qoley, a commanding officer in the area was reportedly killed in the explosion.
Harar24 has contacted sources within Al-Shabaab who confirmed that they were behind today’s blast. “We had been carrying out reconnaissance for some time, when we confirmed that those soldiers and their officers would gather in that particular place we proceeded with the operation.” the Al-Shabaab sources told Harar24.
In other developments, an explosion that occurred in the city of Marka this evening killed atleast five people. Reports indicate that AMISOM soldiers where the ones targeted in the attack.