MOGADISHU, — Several people are feared dead in separate attacks in the restive Somali capital of Mogadishu on Monday, the police said.
In the first incident, a government official was killed in a car bomb explosion in Hamar-jejab district in Benadir region in the outskirts of Mogadishu.
District Commissioner of Hamar-jejab, Ahmed Osman Dhore told reporters that the deceased was working for the Ministry of Education of Somalia.
“The car bomb killed Abdikadir Osman Farah who was working for the Ministry of Education. The security forces are at the scene and have started to find perpetrators who planted the bomb inside his car,” Dhore said.
In the second incident, a suicide bomber clad in Somalia military uniform blew up himself inside a military training camp Wadahir district in Mogadishu.
A police officer told Xinhua that bomber who had disguised as Somalia army officer had forced his way inside the military camp and detonated his vest, killing an unknown number of people inside the camp.
The incident came a day after new Somali army chief, General Ahmed Mohamed Jimale Irfid, survived a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 15 people near his convoy in Mogadishu. The militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.
File photo shows insurgents stand guard as the extremist movement of Al-Shabaab launches a mine-sweeping operation in areas vacated by Ethiopian troops in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Jan. 19. 2009. (Xinhua/Abdurrahman Warsameh)
A series of bomb attacks targeting government officials and African Union bases have increased since President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared an all-out war against the militants last week.
The president gave the insurgents 60 days to surrender ahead of a fresh offensive.
“The country is at war, this war is against Al-Shabaab. We give the fighters of this group 60 days to surrender to the government, and we will give them a good life,” Mohamed told journalists in Mogadishu on April 6.
The president’s remarks came a day after the militants detonated a vehicle full of explosives at the Interior Ministry building, killing seven people and injuring dozens.