Mogadishu: A suicide blast killed 15 people at Police Academy

MOGADISHU: A suicide bomber disguised as a policeman blew himself up inside a police training camp in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Thursday and killed at least 15 officers, officials said.

Police spokesperson Major Mohamed Hussein said the attacker had
explosives strapped to his body and infiltrated the General Kahiye Police Training Academy during an early morning parade. “So far 15 have died and 17 others were injured,” Abdullahi Nur, another police official said.

Earlier, the head of a local ambulance service said they had moved the bodies of 13 victims as well as 15 injured people. The militant Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack and gave a higher death toll.

“We killed 27 police (officers) and injured more,” Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group’s military operations spokesperson, told
Reuters.

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