Two suicide bombers targeting African Union troops’ base in Mogadishu, Somali capital have killed at least 13 persons on Tuesday.
According to BBC and Al Jazeera two vehicles contained with explosives went off as they were driven towards a base for African Union troops in the Somali capital.
A journalist at the scene said “I can see ambulances taking several wounded people.”
Al Jazeera reported that an African group of terrorists linked to al-Qaeda, Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility of the attack
In light of the elections in Somalia, the group is carrying out more terror attacks in the region. Africa is witnessing a surge in extremist violence where different organisations have professed their allegiance to organisations like the Islamic State in Syria and al-Qaeda.
“Our Mujahideen targeted Halane which is base to the foreign forces occupying our Muslim country. We have killed dozens of them,” Abdulaziz Abu Muscab, a spokesman for the group, told Al Jazeera.
Smoke was seen rising from the attack area where there was a base for African Union (AU) peacekeepers, according to the BBC.
At a checkpoint near the airport, one of the attackers detonated the bomb which was purportedly planted inside the vehicle. Three people were instantly killed at the checkpoint which included security guards.
The second attack occurred at a nearby checkpoint guarded by Somali government security forces.
According to one of the spokesman for Banadir administration, Abdifatah, nine of the people who were killed in the suicide attacks were security for the United Nations while three were local civilians.