At least five people died when a suicide bomber dressed as a government soldier attacked Somalia’s military heaquarters in Mogadishu, the capital, said Colonel Ahmed Khalif, an army commander.
An unspecified number of other people were wounded, Khalif said in a phone interview today from the city. The head of Somalia’s military, General Abdikarim Yusuf Adan Dhagabadan, was at the base when the explosion occured though he wasn’t hurt, Khalif said.
“A suicide bomber dressed in Somali military uniform tried to blow himself up inside the military headquarters, but fortunately he didn’t reach his destination,” Kalif said. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda-inspired rebel group, has led an insurgency against President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed’s United Nations-backed government for the past four years. The militia withdrew its fighters from Mogadishu in August, leaving the city under the control of the government backed by African Union peacekeepers. It still controls most of southern and central Somalia.
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