MOGADISHU – Somali Police are on a high alert over a possible Al Shabaab attack after an improvised armored, explosive-laden SUV seized by the security forces has prematurely exploded in the capital, Mogadishu.
The armoured” VBIED which was used by Al-Shabaab for Monday’s attack in Mogadishu, has left two civilians dead, according to journalist Harun Macruf, quoting security sources.
Macruf says 20 others, including a senior police commander were also injured in the explosion.
The casualties could have likely risen if the security forces had not intercepted armored, explosive-laden SUV.
Somali police soldiers were deployed into key areas of the capital, to insure the overall security of Mogadishu in fear of possible attacks by al Shabaab.
The police also intensified security while conducting patrols at night times on the streets of Somali capital avert any possible attacks.
Al Shabaab, an Al Qaeda linked group which wants to topple the weak-western backed government of Somalia-based in Mogadishu.
The group has been fighting against Somali army and UN-backed African Union peacekeeping troops for more than ten years in Somalia.
The rebel group also carried out deadly similar attacks in Mogadishu and neighboring state – Kenya, leaving hundreds of people, mostly civilians dead.
The militant group lost key towns in south and central regions to joint military offensives carried out by Somali army forces and African Union troops.