At least 11 people killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up a tea shop popular with soldiers in Wadajir district of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu on Tuesday amid escalating tensions between Somalia’s Federal leaders over the murder of a female spy.
Al Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabab militant group said it carried out the attack and claimed to have killed 11 soldiers and wounded 16 others, an assertion the government has confirmed.
Witnesses said the attacker targeted a gathering of security forces at a tea shop near the heavily fortified Halene Base and Ge. Dhego badan Somali army base, adding the gunfire followed the explosion.
No word on whether civilian was among the casualties in the blast, which happens days after local media reported warnings issued by security agencies about a possible suicide bombings after militants with explosive vests entered the capital.
Al-Shabab carried out similar attacks targeting gatherings of security forces in Mogadishu but this coincides at a times when the country is beset with political row between the top Federal leaders whereby security forces have split over the dispute.
Analysts have expressed fear that tension would undermine the security of the country amidst political crisis.