Somalia’s Al Shabaab Islamist group claimed responsibility for two car bomb attacks on Monday targeting African peacekeepers and a government convoy. This is the first of such strikes by the group since it vowed revenge for the killing of its leader, Ahmed Godane last week.
Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, spokesman for Al Shabaab’s military operations confirms that,”We are behind the two car bombs driven by mujahideen” (fighters). This statement was made after the attack. At least 12 civilians were killed in the first blast that aimed at a convoy of African troops and hit nearby civilian vehicles.