Somali islamist militants Al Shabaab are urging people to stay away from government buildings in Mogadishu after the group carried out a deadly bombing on Tuesday. More than 70 people were killed when a device was detonated in the capital inside a compound housing four government ministries.
Al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage issued this statement:
“We warn you Somali people to keep away from government buildings and military bases where there are soldiers, because we are planning more serious attacks.”
Many of the people injured were students waiting for their exam results – though Al Shabaab denies this, blaming propaganda.
Condemnation for the bombing has come from Washington and Somalia’s UN-backed transitional government.
Although Al Shabaab withdrew from Mogadishu in August, it’s their worst attack since beginning an insurgency four years ago.