A blast that punched a hole in the fuselage of a Somalian passenger jet was caused by a bomb, meant to kill everyone on board, according to the country’s transport and aviation minister.
One passenger died and two were injured in the explosion on the plane, which was forced to make an emergency landing at Mogadishu airport on Tuesday.
The Airbus A321 was operated by Somali company Daalo Airlines.
United States investigators believe the attack was carried out by the Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab. There has been no comment from the group.
“We have confirmed that it was a bomb that exploded in the Daallo Airlines flight. It was meant to kill all aboard,” the minister, Ali Ahmed Jamac, told a news conference.
He also said that authorities were pursuing suspects.