Gen Odawa says Al-Shabaab suicide bomber was responsible for blast

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Jan 9, 2019
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Mogadishu (HOL) - The Commander of the Somali National Army, General Odowa Yusuf Rage, said that Al-Shabaab carried out Tuesday's suicide attack that targeted a military training facility in Mogadishu.

Gen Odawa gave a brief press conference where he said the attack was carried out by an Al-Shabaab operative wearing a suicide vest and intermingling with young recruits who wanted to join the Gorgor army.

"God have mercy on them. Ten youths who wanted to join the armed forces were killed this morning, and 20 others were injured outside the checkpoint at General Dhagabadan military base. The youths were waiting to be searched before the suicide bomber detonated his vest." General Odowa Yusuf Rage, the country's army chief, told the media.

General Odowa Yusuf sent his condolences to the families of the victims.

The general said that the injured recruits were taken to medical facilities in Mogadishu for treatment.

Since the general's statement, witnesses at Medina hospital have updated the body count to at least 15.

Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing.

A spokesperson from Al Shabaab said that at least 40 soldiers were killed in the suicide attack on General Dhagabadan camp in the Wadajir district.

The militant insurgency group said they targeted the youths because they intended to join the national army.

Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab has been waging war against Somalia's internationally-backed federal government since being ousted from the capital and major population centres in 2011.


Nature Is Constantly Changing - Like The Wind
Jul 24, 2020
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AS is full of morons. As if Somalis understand fear. They'll only feel emboldened to join the SNA to rid the nation of them once and for all. :jordansmoke:


Jan 10, 2019
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These terrorists used to do it similar attacks in Iraq. But it is also proof that Al-Shabaab was weakened. Using lone suicide bombers means their VBIEDs (Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive devices) can't get through the army's security checkpoints. The Iraq experience needs to be deployed here in order to safeguard these facilities. One of them being that every recruiter must first be acknowledged by a guarantor before he (or she) applies to join the military, and must be brought to the secured military facility by that guarantor. That way you eliminate terrorists just showing up without being invited.

In Iraq, the recruits are also separated out before they're taken to a secure military facility. It is larger than the current minimum safe distance we follow for Covid19. And the Iraqis do this in order to minimize the effects of the explosion from a lone terrorist.

Lastly, Al-Shabaab's desperate measures here should prove that 1) the Turkey-backed and trained Gorgor forces have been inflicting heavy casualties against the terrorists; 2) Al-Shabaab backers such as UK and UAE must be desperate here to stop the progress of Somali National Army.