Mogadishu – No fewer than 21 people were killed in two separate suicide car attacks in Somalia on Saturday.
One of the attacks took place in Mogadishu and another at a military training base in the southern port city of Kismayu, police and military sources said.
Islamist militant group, al Shabaab, has lost control of most of their territories to African Union troops in recent years but they stepped up attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere.
Sheikh Abdiasis Musab, al Shabaab’s spokesman for military operations, said his group was behind the car bomb in Kismayu.
The attack at Kismayu University, which is being used as a base for training government troops, was launched as soldiers were lining up for training, military officials said.
Col. Ahmed Ato said no fewer than 16 Somali soldiers were killed and 21 others were wounded in the blast.
The second car exploded in Mogadishu at a busy junction in the evening. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Mogadishu attack.
“So far we know 5 civilians died in this evening’s blast and 7 others were injured,” Mohamed Yusuf, the spokesman for the interior security ministry told newsmen at the scene.
There were two burnt-out cars and a destroyed tea shop with blood stains nearby. (Reuters/NAN)