Sui­cide bomber was for­mer So­mali MP

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/worldwide -

Mogadishu - A for­mer So­mali MP who joined the al-Shabaab group in 2010 was one of two sui­cide bombers who killed 13 peo­ple near a United Na­tions and African Union base, the mil­i­tants an­nounced yes­ter­day.

Car bombs driven by sui­cide at­tack­ers ex­ploded on Tues­day morn­ing near Mogadishu’s air­port. One of them went off 200 me­tres from the base, killing mainly se­cu­rity staff.

Salah Bad­bado (53) served in So­ma­lia’s par­lia­ment from 2004 un­til 2010, when he de­clared at a press con­fer­ence he was leav­ing pol­i­tics to join the So­mali al-Qaeda af­fil­i­ate.

“Salah Nuh Is­mail known as Salah Bad­bado was among the braves who have car­ried out the at­tack on Halane mil­i­tary base,” the group said in a state­ment re­leased on the Tele­gram app and their An­dalus ra­dio sta­tion.

“He was a for­mer law­maker but he has re­pented from the apos­tasy in the year 2010 when he pub­licly an­nounced de­fect­ing from the apos­tates,” al-Shabaab state­ment said.

The at­tack was con­demned by the African Union and the United Na­tions, which said that none of its per­son­nel were among the con­firmed dead.

The group’s ra­dio sta­tion re­leased an au­dio mes­sage pur­port­edly recorded a few hours be­fore the for­mer MP car­ried out the at­tack, in which he is heard an­nounc­ing an im­mi­nent sui­cide strike.

“This sui­cide task we are go­ing to is for the sake of Al­lah and it’s a re­li­gious duty.

“We have cho­sen to please Al­lah and to harm the in­fi­dels more than they have harmed the Mus­lim na­tion,” the for­mer MP said in the au­dio mes­sage.

So­mali se­cu­rity of­fi­cials were yet to con­firm the bomber’s iden­tity early yes­ter­day.

Al-Shabaab is blamed for a string of bloody as­saults in So­ma­lia and neigh­bour­ing Kenya, and is fight­ing to over­throw Mogadishu’s in­ter­na­tion­ally-backed gov­ern­ment.

Its fight­ers were forced out of the cap­i­tal five years ago but con­tinue to carry out regular at­tacks on mil­i­tary, gov­ern­ment and civil­ian tar­gets. — AFP

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