At least three people, including the president of a regional chamber of commerce in Somalia, were killed this Friday in a suicide attack by the jihadist group Al Shabaab outside a mosque in the city of Kismayo in the south of the country.
Among the victims of the attack is the president of the Jubaland Chamber of Commerce, Shafi Rabi Kahin, who, according to witnesses from Somali news portal Garowe Online, would have been the target of the suicide bomber.
Security sources and witnesses have stated that the terrorist shouted “God is greatest” before turning to Kahin, who was leaving the mosque at the time of the attack, leaving seven other people injured, according to Radio Shabelle station.
Al Shabaab immediately assumed responsibility for the attack in Kismayo, the capital of the Lower Yuba region, according to SITE Intelligence Group, an agency specializing in monitoring terrorist groups.
Somalia is facing an increase in attacks by Al Shabaab – linked to the terrorist organization Al Qaeda – both in the capital and in other areas in the south of the country. In light of this, the United States has stepped up its bombing against the group.