A series of bomb explosions in Mogadishu (Aug 06, 2013)
The police and national security and intelligence agency are on high alert in Mogadishu yesterday (August 5) after a series of bomb explosions on Sunday night, with police patrolling the main roads and junctions and buses were banned from the main roads including the road to the airport and the presidential palace. According to media sources there were more than twenty bomb or mortar explosions on Sunday night and Somali Police Commissioner, General Abdihakim Dahir, who said the police were investigating the explosions, blamed Al-Shabaab. It appears that fifteen civilians were injured in the attacks. The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Ambassador Annadif strongly condemned the string of attacks which targeted camps for the internally displaced as well as the street lights that the government has put up along one of the main streets. Ambassador Annadif described the attacks as demonstrating that “Al-Shabaab terrorists have nothing to offer but death and destruction.” He noted that it was just two years earlier that Somalia National Security Forces with the support of AMISOM had achieved a strategic success in forcing Al-Shabaab out of Mogadishu.