A suicide bomber on Saturday struck a military training camp in Somalia, causing casualties, a military official said, in an attack claimed by the al-Shabaab militant group one week after twin blasts left 116 dead.
The attack on the camp in the capital, Mogadishu, came as the government ratchets up its fight against the militants who have led a 15-year insurgency in the troubled Horn of Africa nation.
The bomber detonated himself at the Xero Nacnac training camp for army recruits, military official Adan Yare said.
“There were some casualties inflicted on both civilians and the new recruits,” he said, adding that investigations were ongoing.
The state-run Somali National News Agency said the blast occurred at the camp’s entrance, indicating some civilian casualties.
Witnesses reported seeing several ambulances arrive at the scene of the attack.
“The army cordoned off the area and it is not possible to get close to the camp, but ... I saw several ambulances rushing to the scene and coming out with casualties, I cannot say how many,” Mogadishu resident Farah Muse said.
There was no official statement from the government about the attack, which was claimed by al-Shabaab.
The group has stepped up its attacks in Somalia since Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud took office in May and vowed an “all-out war” against militants.
On Friday, the Somalian Ministry of Information said the army had killed more than 100 al-Shabaab fighters in an operation in central Hirshabelle State.
On Saturday last week, the militants carried out twin car bombings targeting the education ministry in the deadliest assault on the country in five years. The attack took place at the same junction where a truck packed with explosives blew up on October 14, 2017, killing 512 people and injuring more than 290, the deadliest attack in Somalia.
In August, the group launched a 30-hour gun and bomb attack on the popular Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu, killing 21 people and wounding 117.
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