In the Somali capital Mogadishu, terrorist militants Al Shabaab have launched a double bomb attack. A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at a security checkpoint about 400 yards from the presidential palace, a police spokesman said.
Shortly thereafter, there was another explosion. A spokesman for Al Shabaab said in the program of the radio station of the terrorist group, also that was a car bomb – aimed at the helpers for the victims of the first explosion.
Al Shabaab repeatedly carries out serious attacks in Mogadishu in order to overthrow the West-backed government and establish an Islamic state in Somalia. The group’s biggest attack to date in October 2017 killed more than 500 people.
Al Shabaab still controls large parts of rural areas in southern Somalia, but is under pressure. The US supports Somali troops and the African Union with drone attacks. In the past week alone, more than 60 Shabaab fighters had been killed. And especially in the semi-autonomous province of Puntland, a Somali splinter group of the so-called Islamic State (IS) is active and is increasingly attacking.
Al Shabaab joins the Al Qaeda terror network and declared war on IS yesterday after 14 Shabaab members were shot dead. The rivalry between the two terrorist militias is also about money, as both are funded by the same extortionist rackets and other criminal business.