Somalia: Bomb Attack Claimed By Al-Shabab Responsibility

Bossaso (HAN) April 20, 2015 – Public Diplomacy, Regional defense and Maritime security News.  according to AP, A bomb explosion on a bus carrying U.N. employees in northern Somalia killed at least six people and wounded many others Monday, police and U.N. officials said.

The Puntland regional state police officer Col. Ali Salad, said by phone that the victims of the attack in the town of Garowe, the capital of Puntland, comprised both foreigners and Somalis.

“It’s a dark day, but terrorists must know that the blood they shed will not go in vain. We shall deal with them with an iron hand,” he said.

The U.N. representative to Somalia, Nicholas Kay, condemned the attack in a Twitter post, saying he was “shocked and appalled by loss of life.”

The Somali militants of Al-Shabab group claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the group’s Andalus radio.

The bomb was apparently planted under a seat and was detonated by remote control, said police official Yusuf Ali.

Garowe resident Jama Hashi said he heard a thundering blast inside the bus, which he said was passing near the offices of the U.N.’s food agency when the bomb went off. Human limbs were scattered around the scene of the attack, he said.

Security forces sealed off the area as ambulances carried the wounded from the scene.

Bomb attacks are not common in the northern parts of Somalia, unlike in the south where Al-Shabab militants are waging a deadly war against the  Somalia Federak government and the African Union forces bolstering it.

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