Al-Shabab rebels have claimed responsibility for an explosion at Somalia’s newly reopened national theatre in Mogadishu that killed at least four people, including two of the country’s top sports officials.
Abdirahman Omar Osman, a senior adviser to the Somali prime minister, told Al Jazeera that at least four people were killed and dozens wounded in the blast on Wednesday.
“It was a surprise and shock to us that a suicide bomber could come near Abdiweli Mohamed Ali [the Somali prime minister] who was giving a speech for the relaunch of the national theatre,” Osman said.
He added: “I am shocked and saddened by the attack, but luckily the prime minister was not harmed in the incident.”
‘Targeted infidel ministers’
The dead included the president of Somalia’s Olympic committee and the president of its football federation, according to Shafici Mohyadin, the federation’s secretary.
“We were behind the theatre blast. We targeted the infidel ministers and legislators, and they were the casualties of today,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, the spokesperson for al-Shabab’s military operations, told the Reuters news agency.
Utterly appauling and brutal. The pathology of “organizations” like al-Shabab and other savage groups of the same ilk is deeply revulting. To send a person strapped with explosives to carry out a merciless and vile attack on another person or group of people is shameful. Individuals like Musab and his followers must be pursued to the fullest extent of intelligence and punished to the fullest extent of the law. Such medieval primitive practices have zero place in society today.