Deadly attack targets UN staff in Somalia’s Puntland
At least seven people have been killed in an attack on UN staff members in Garowe, the capital of Puntland in northeastern Somalia, local security sources told Al Jazeera.
Police sources cited a higher death toll to Reuters news agency, saying at least nine were killed when a car bomb targeted the UN staff in Garowe, in the autonomous Puntland region on Monday.
Four of the victims were foreign nationals, security sources said.
Al-Shabab military operations spokesman Abulaziz Abu Mus’ab told Al Jazeera that his group was behind the attack.
“We carried out the attack in Garowe. We targeted our enemy the UN. We killed and injured many in the attack.”
The bomb was apparently planted under a seat and was detonated by remote control, police officer Yusuf Ali told the Associated Press news agency.
Photos circulating on social media websites showed several bodies in the torn-up UN bus. The roof of the bus was ripped off by the explosion.
Bomb attacks are not common in the northern parts of Somalia, unlike in the south where al-Shabab is waging a deadly war against the Somali government and the African Union forces bolstering it.