Suicide bomber kills at least 15 army recruits in Somalia’s capital

An ambulance carrying wounded from a suicide bombing attack at a military base arrives at the Madina Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia June 15, 2021. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – At least 15 people were killed in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday after a suicide bomber attacked recruits who were lined up outside a military camp, Somali media outlets reported.

Among those killed were recruits and soldiers at an overcrowded checkpoint outside the Dhegabadan army camp at the ex-Candy Factory in the Somali capital.

Al-Qaeda-aligned militant group Al-Shabaab immediately claimed responsibility, saying it had killed 105 people, including recruits and military officials. It added that 37 others wounded.

Somali army and government officials have not yet commented on the casualties inflicted by the assault.

Meanwhile, multiple explosions rocked the Somali on Saturday night, days after car bombs killed more than 100 people. Security officials cited by local media outlets said the loud bangs heard in the city were caused by fireworks aimed at undermining security and there were no casualties as a result.

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