Mogadishu, Somalia — Witnesses said at least five people, including students, were killed in a big explosion outside a school in the capital of Somalia on Thursday. The militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.
The al-Qaeda-linked group controls most of Somalia’s rural areas and continues to frustrate efforts to rebuild the Horn of Africa after 30 years of conflict.
The blast sent smoke over the busy parts of Mogadishu during the morning rush hours.
Abdul Qadeer Adan of Amin Ambulance Service confirmed five dead in the Associated Press and said the service had at least 15 injured rushed to the hospital.
“This is a tragedy,” he said.
The photo shows a shredded part of the school’s blast, seen by rescuers through collapsed roof beams and wooden benches.
Al-Shabaab said in a statement on Andalus radio that he had targeted Western officials escorted by African Union peacekeeping forces. However, witness Hassan Ali told AP that a private security company was escorting staff and saw four guards injured.
The attack occurred when Somalia faced major problems with its political and security future. AU peacekeepers intended to withdraw from the country, but their mission could be extended due to concerns that Somali forces are not ready to assume security responsibilities. The United States said earlier this year that the withdrawal of troops from Somalia was complete.
The postponed presidential vote was scheduled for February, but will be held next year as well.
Al-Shabaab explosion by a school in the Somali capital kills at least five people
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