MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire has presided a security meeting on Thursday after a suicide attack killed seven people in the capital, Mogadishu.
The meeting attended by international partners focused on security challenges and the ongoing fighting against the al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.
Somali PM Khaire briefed international partners that the country’s forces had received well-trained for the last two years and are now capable of librating towns under Al Shabaab control.
The meeting comes after at least seven people were killed and several others injured in an Al Shabaab suicide car bomb explosion took place on Maka Al Mukarama road in Mogadishu last night.
The attack was aimed at targeting a Somali lawmaker, according to a police officer, who asked to be anonymous.
Al Shabaab, the deadliest Islamic organization in Africa declared their allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2010.
The militant group was driven out of Mogadishu capital in 2011, and have since lost many strongholds to Somali army and African Union troops
The al Qaeda linked group still holds large rural swathes of the country and continue to wage a guerilla war against the Western-backed government of Somalia.