A heavy explosion occurred in the War Laliska suburb of the Daynile district earlier today after security officers intercepted a Mogadishu-bound vehicle. The blast, attributed to the al-Shabaab terrorist group, did not cause any casualties due to the officers’ vigilance.
War Laliska, Daynile district, Mogadishu, SOMALIA. By Jama:
The security officers intercepted the vehicle after it avoided a security checkpoint on a major highway. Two passengers were taken for interrogation, during which the car exploded. The police subsequently arrested the individuals, now suspected of attempting to smuggle an explosive-laden vehicle to Somalia’s capital.
The officers successfully foiled what could have been a major terrorist attack by al-Shabaab in Mogadishu. The suspects have been in detention since then. Thanks to the officers’ vigilance, the explosion did not cause any casualties.
Troubled Daynile district
Daynile, the largest district in the southeastern Banaadir region of Somalia, encompasses the northern outskirts of the national capital. It has been a frequent target of the militants. In mid-July, heavily armed members of al-Shabaab launched an assault on a security checkpoint in Daynile’s Tiida area.
According to our sources, the insurgents temporarily overran a security checkpoint and demolished a building before retreating. The attack resulted in multiple casualties among security personnel and civilians. The exact number, however, could not be verified.
Prisoners escaped in the Kahda district
In another deadly incident, on Wednesday, 23 August, prisoners escaped after al-Shabaab’s raid in Mogadishu’s Kahda district. The attack started with an explosion at the police station, followed by a direct gunfight, killing at least three officers and wounding others. One police officer was confirmed missing, and several prisoners reportedly escaped from the station.
According to the Somali Digest’s sources, the intense assault started before 2:00 am. Al-Shabaab attacked Kahda in four directions: the police station, the district headquarters, and two outposts of the Military Police. Reports indicate that the militants killed at least three officers and injured several others.
Analysts suggest the Somali government will be increasingly vulnerable with the upcoming withdrawal of 3,000 African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) troops. Their exit should conclude by the end of September and include handing over several forward operating bases (FOB) to the Somali National Army (SNA).