At least seven people were killed by suicide bombers near the main peacekeeping base, AMISOM in Somalia on Tuesday.
The explosion was so great that it caused windows in the nearby Mogadishu airport to be shattered.
“We were greeted by two loud blasts. The glass of the airport building fell on us,” said Ali Nur, who had just got off a plane from Nairobi.
As usual, the suicide bomber detonated a car bomb just outside the premises. A second suicide bomber had tried to attack the base but was shot by authorities at the gate.
Al Shabab took responsibility for the attack. It claimed to have killed more than 12 people.
“The two explosions were carried out by two brave Mujahedeen suicide bombers and they have targeted two different locations where the so-called AMISOM peacekeepers are stationed,” the statement said.
The group’s death toll was higher than the police’s, something that is quite common with the terrorist sect.
“We understand at least seven from a private security firm died,” said Ali Farah, a police officer.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) condemned the attack on Twitter, stating that the “senseless attacks aim to disrupt and cripple the lives of ordinary Somalis”.
This attack comes after AMISOM attempted to lay siege to Al Shabab stronghold in Marka, a seaside town that is 100Km south of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital.
Al-Shabab has been seeking to terminate Somali’s western-backed government and has particular beefed up their attacks this year, as Somalia plans to hold an election.
The terrorists were chased out of Mogadishu five years ago, but the sect continues to carry out attacks in the capital. The group has targeted places frequented by important personalities and expats.