The Radical militant group al Shabaab on December 30 accepted the responsibility for a bomb blast in Mogadishu that killed at least 98 people. Earlier Somalian officials stated that a foreign government also had a part in planning the attack, however they did not identify external force responsible.
The National Intelligence and Security Agency did not name the country that it said was involved in the blast. “A foreign country planned the massacre of the Somalis in Mogadishu on 28 Dec 2019,” it said in a tweet.
The bombing was one of the deadliest in the previous 3 years. Somalia has been ravaged by war for nearly three decades, violence and clan warfare has given rise to poverty and further suffering. In an audio correspondence, al Qaeda-allied al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the bombing at the busy Ex-Control checkpoint northwest of Mogadishu.
Ali Mohamud Rage, al Shabaab’s spokesperson said in the message. “We shall always fight…the Turkish who work with the apostate government of Turkey. We are not against innocent Turkish Muslim citizens,” he said.
The most deadly attack blamed on al Shabaab was in 2017 when a truck bomb exploded next to a fuel tanker in Mogadishu, killing nearly 600.
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