An Islamist suicide bombing outside a school in Somalia’s capital killed eight people and wounded at least 23 including 13 children, the latest in a string of deadly blasts this year in a country beset by political turmoil and drought.
The bombing at about 7.30am was claimed by Al-Shabaab militants, who said they intended to strike a United Nations security convoy passing near the school.
A UN spokesperson in Mogadishu declined to comment. A staff member speaking on condition of anonymity said no international personnel from the UN were hurt but they had no information on whether Somali employees were hurt.
A Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) detonated in #Trebuunka junction, opposite Banadir High School, #Hodan District, Mogadishu. The explosion targeted a convoy of armoured vehicles from #Duguf private Security Company reportedly escorting #SNA trainees.#drought pic.twitter.com/IljT6A9oQO
— Khadija Sagal (@Sagal75497460) November 25, 2021
Source: Irish Times/Khadija Sagal – Twitter