At least nine people have been confirmed dead in an explosion at a security checkpoint in Mogadishu, eyewitnesses have confirmed.
A female military officer and her bodyguards, former Minster of Foreign Affairs, Xuseen Celaabe, were among those killed in the attack local journalists report. Fay Ali Rageh was a Somali army colonel.
The Prime Minister’s twitter handle tweeted their condolences to Minister and the families affected by the attack.
إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون
Waxaan tacsi u dirayaa ummadda Soomaaliyeed iyo ehelkii uu ka baxay Wasiir hore Xuseen Ceelaabe Faahiye oo maanta innaga shahiiday. Waxa uu muddo dheer u soo adeegay dalka iyo dadka. Waxaan Alle uga baryayaa inuu naxaiistiisa Janno ka waraabiyo.
— Hassan Ali Khaire (@HassanAKhaire) May 22, 2019
Alshabaab Islamist group who are carrying out attacks against government cliamed responsibility of the attack.
Minister of Ministry of Information condemned the attack and called it barbaric act carried out against innocent Somalis in a holy month. In a tweet, the Minister sent his condolences to families of the victims.
— Ministry of Information (@MOISOMALIA) May 22, 2019