Islamic Terrorists Murder Muslims in Mogadishu

Islamic Terrorists Murder Muslims in Mogadishu

Islamic Terrorists Murder Muslims in Mogadishu

At least 6 people have been killed and around 13 wounded in a car bomb blast in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu on Sunday. The explosion was described by Reuters as “huge.”

The blast occurred in the city’s the busy area of Maka al Mukarramah Road, located near the Waberi police station.

No one as yet has claimed responsibility for the attack.

However, Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab has carried out a spate of bloody suicide attacks in the city in recent months, amid a campaign of violence gripping the nation struggling to overcome an Islamist insurgency.

RT spoke to a local journalist, Yahye Young from Mogadishu’s Mustaqbal Radio, who said he witnessed first-hand eight dead people strewn across the area where the bomb detonated.

Police have said, however, that the number of casualties is likely to rise.

Photographs and videos shared on social media show the immediate aftermath of the blast, with a burning car visible on the street. One dramatic video shows people carrying the injured away from the scene of the blast.

Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (HSM; Arabic: حركة الشباب المجاهدين‎‎, Ḥarakat ash-Shabāb al-Mujāhidīn; Somali: Xarakada Mujaahidiinta Alshabaab, lit. “Mujahideen Youth Movement” or “Movement of Striving Youth”), more commonly known as al-Shabaab (Arabic: الشباب‎, lit. ‘”The Youth” or “The Youngsters”, but can be translated as “The Guys”‘‎), is a jihadist fundamentalist group based in East Africa. In 2012, it pledged allegiance to the militant Islamist organization Al-Qaeda. In February of the year, some of the group’s leaders quarreled with Al-Qaeda over the union, and quickly lost ground. Al-Shabaab’s troop strength was estimated at 7,000 to 9,000 militants in 2014. As of 2015, the group has retreated from the major cities, controlling a few rural areas.

Al-Shabaab is an offshoot of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU), which splintered into several smaller factions after its defeat in 2006 by Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the TFG’s Ethiopian military allies. The group describes itself as waging jihad against “enemies of Islam”, and is engaged in combat against the Federal Government of Somalia and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM). Al-Shabaab has been designated as a terrorist organization by Australia, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. As of June 2012, the US State Department has open bounties on several of the group’s senior commanders.

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