Suspected suicide bombing in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu on Tuesday killed at least nine civilians and members of the security forces and left eleven others injured, police and witnesses said.
“There are still investigations going on but with all indications so far, a suicide bomber caused the blast,” police officer Mohamed Ali said, adding that six members of the security forces and three civilians were killed and 11 other people wounded.
Dadir Hassan, another police officer in Mogadishu, said “The preliminary investigations confirmed that the attack was a result of lone suicide bomber who blew himself at a teashop where security forces and civilians frequented and we can confirm that at least 11 people, including soldiers, were killed and several others wounded.”
Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble condemned the “indiscriminate” attack.
“This barbaric act shows how al-Shabab terrorists are thirsty for the indiscriminate bloodshed of the Somali people, forcing us to cooperate in fighting terrorism,” Roble said.
Al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab armed group, which has been fighting to overthrow Somalia’s federal government claimed responsibility for the attack.