Somali police warn of a possible terror attack in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU – Somali police has warned of a possible terror attack planning by ‘al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab’ in Somali capital Mogadishu, a week after 15 people killed in suicide attack.
Sakia Hussein, spokesperson for police forces says a suspected vehicle is on the loose in Mogadishu.
Hussein urges public to stay alert and report to the police the suspicious vehicle said to be Toyota Prado SUV.
She confirmed to media earlier that there had been “a concrete tip” of planned attack in Somali capital Mogadishu.
It is unclear whereabouts the suspected vehicle.
Somalia’s capital Mogadishu has seen a deadly one week with sustained attack by insurgent group Al-Shabaab claiming the lives of close to thirty people.
Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants have in the past targeted the same location – the Wehliye Hotel – which is along the busy Maka al Mukaram road. The group have claimed responsibility for today’s attack.
Al Shabaab, which is trying to topple Somalia’s western-backed central government, was ejected from Mogadishu in 2011 and has since been driven from most of its other strongholds.