Al Shabaab Suicide Bomber Kills Six People in Somalia

A member of the Al Shabaab militant group staged a suicide bombing attack at a police station in the Somali capital Mogadishu late on Sunday, killing at least six individuals and leaving six others injured, police said.

According to the authorities, the suicide bombing was targeting the police station in the Waberi district. Police said the blast was so massive that it has destroyed several parts of the establishment.

“The blast was so huge that it destroyed parts of the building,” Somali police commander Ibrahim Mohamed said in a statement.

In a statement, Somali police also said that six police officers were killed and six others were injured during the attack.

“Six people, including Waberi police chief Ahmed Bashane and Deputy Commander for Waliyow Adde Police Division Abdi Basid, were killed in a terrorist blast that targeted Mogadishu’s Waberi Police Station on Sunday evening,” Somali police spokesman Major Sadiq Aden Ali Doodishe said in a press release.

The Al Shabaab Islamist group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing. However, it said that they only killed five police officers during the assault.

“Our target was to kill police commanders and we killed five police (personnel) including the commander of the Waberi police station,” Al Shabaab military operations spokesperson Abdiasis Abu Musab told Reuters during an interview on Monday.

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble condemned the suicide attack launched by the militant group.

“I condemn the terrorist attack on the Waberi district police station. I extend my condolences to the families and the people of Somalia on the loss of lives and property. May God have mercy on the dead and heal the wounded,” Roble wrote in a Twitter post.

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