Suicide bomber kills 4 Somali troops

2011-11-30 12:34

Mogadishu - A suicide bomber dressed in a military uniform triggered his explosives outside the headquarters of the Somali army on Wednesday, killing four soldiers, officials said.

General Abdikarim Yusuf Dhagabadan, the chief of Somalia's armed forces, said four soldiers died and 12 others were wounded, four seriously.

Al-Qaeda-linked militants with al-Shabaab have carried out several suicide bomb attacks in Mogadishu.

One soldier at the scene of the attack who gave his name only as Ali said the bomber feigned a stomach ache outside the military headquarters in order to attract soldiers to him. Then he set off the explosives. It wasn't clear if the bomber hoped to enter the military headquarters.

After the blast soldiers were on high alert, with fingers on the triggers of their guns. Blood stained nearby walls and human remains were scattered on the ground.

Somalia's weak military is backed by 9 000 troops from Uganda and Burundi who are fighting al-Shabaab as part of an African Union peacekeeping force.

Al-Shabaab has largely been pushed out of Mogadishu but continue to carry out suicide and roadside bomb attacks. Aside from battles with the African Union, al-Shabaab also faces attack from Kenyan troops who entered southern Somalia last month. Ethiopian troops have also been reported to be attacking al-Shabaab from the west.