Somalia’s Security Minister to resign over week attack by Al-Shabaab
MOGADISHU – Somalia’s Internal Security Minister, Mohamed Aboukar Islow is likely to resign on Saturday after an Al Qaeda inked group Al Shabaab carried out a week attack in Mogadishu.
Mr. Islow is expected to announce his resignation after Somali capital, Mogadishu has seen a deadly one week with sustained attack by Al-Shabaab, leaving 36 people, mostly civilians dead
The most used attack medium has been with car bombs.
Somali armed group Al Shabaab carried out last week a car bomb attack near a hotel and restaurants in a busy area targeted in the past by the militants, rescue services said.
From March 21 till Thursday, car bombs and Improvised Explosive Device, IED, attacks have been a regular feature except for 22nd and 24th. 23rd saw two different attacks.
A breakdown of the Mogadishu attacks:
March 21: Car bomb kills civil engineer
March 23: Complex attack kills 15
March 23: Two IEDs kill 2
March 25: Car bomb kills Univ. staffer
March 26: Car bomb kills 14-year-old boy
March 27: IED kills 1, Police Commander survives
March 28: Car bomb kills 15
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 the attack, saying it had targeted government officials who were at Maka Al Mukarama.
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.