MOGADISHU, Somalia – The UN has deployed 625 new United Nations Guard Unit forces into the base in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The move comes after Somali armed group al Shabaab claimed a botched assassination attempt on UN’s special representative for Somalia, James Swan on Wednesday in Mogadishu.
The attack was carried out by a female suicide bomber and was claimed by group al-Shabab.
The mayor of Mogadishu, Abdirahman Omar Osman, was one of those injured in the attack. He is reported to be unconscious and was flown to Qatar’s capital, Doha for treatment.
The new UN special envoy to Somalia, James Swan, had met the mayor at the offices earlier in the day, to discuss progress and challenges in the capital and surrounding areas.
On Tuesday, al-Shabab claimed for a suicide attack at a security checkpoint in Mogadishu where 17 people, including soldiers, were killed.
The rebel group also carried out a deadly attack on a hotel in the city of Kismayo, some 500km south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing 33 people.