Death toll from Mogadishu police academy attack rises to 13

Frederick Owens
December 15, 2017

An Islamic extremist suicide bomber disguised as a police officer killed at least 10 people at a police academy in Somalia's capital on Thursday, police said.

The officers were rehearsing at Somalia police academy for the annual event of Somalia's Police Day celebrations scheduled for December 20, Hussein said. It now has a weak, internationally-backed government, supported by African peacekeepers.

"... a suicide bomber wearing a fake Somali police uniform came out of a nearby kiosk and blew himself up in between the police officers who were busy taking their breakfast", announced acting Police Commissioner Muqtar Afrah.

"The explosive device was attached beneath the driver's seat of the vehicle", said police officer Ibrahim Mohamed.

"The bomber could have inflicted more casualties if he could have managed to reach the midpoint where most people were", police officer Ibrahim Mohamed said. The attack took place at 7:30 a.m. On November 13, the Pentagon said USA forces had killed more than 40 Shabaab and Islamic State fighters over four days.

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At the time, it described the dead as "enemy combatants" and that they were members of al Shabaab, the al-Qaeda linked insurgent group.

The police camp is Somalia's biggest police academy.

The airstrike, conducted southwest of Mogadishu, was done in coordination with the Somali government and was against "an al-Shabaab vehicle-borne improvised explosive device", according to the command.

In October, al-Shabab fighters stormed a hotel in the capital killing at least 20 people.

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