At least seven people were killed and four UN workers were injured when Shebab Islamists attacked a bus on Monday. The incident took place in the north-eastern town of Garowe, Somalia. The terrorist group planted a bomb, which ripped the staff bus carrying the staff workers working for UNICEF, according to the AFP.
Four wounded staff members were rushed to the hospital immediately, their condition said to be serious. Condemning the attack, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon referred to it as a “barbaric attack.” He informed that seven died on the spot while several others were injured.
“In attacking UNICEF, Al-Shebab has also attacked Somali children,” Somali’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said. “It is an attack against the future of our country and I condemn it in the strongest possible terms.”
Shebab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab confirmed carrying out the attack.
“We targeted the UN in Garowe, we killed some and wounded others. They are part of the colonisation force in Somalia,” Musab said.
The explosion was so powerful, the white minibus marked with a blue UN logo was shattered.
“The IED (improvised explosive device) attack occurred when the staff were travelling from their guest house to the office, normally a three minute drive. ,” UNICEF said in a statement.
It is yet to be confirmed whether the blast was executed by a suicide bomber or a bomb was planted on the bus beforehand.