On Monday, a bomb exploded on a van that was carrying employees from the United Nations in Somalia, killing seven people and injuring a number of others, said UN officials and police. The militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack.
UNICEF said in a prepared statement that four employees had been killed in the attack of their van that has UN painted in blue letters on the side of the white van. Four other aid workers were injured seriously, the children’s agency of the UN announced.
Both Somalis and foreigners were caught up in the bombing in the city of Garowe, the capital of the Puntland region that is semiautonomous. Officials from Puntland said that 10 people had been killed though the police said only seven were killed.
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud the Somali President called Monday’s attack one against the country’s future.
He said that the UN was not the only target but UNICEF and that means al-Shabaab was attacking children and they are the country’s future and he condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms.
An employee with the UN in Garowe, who request anonymity due to not being authorized to talk to the press, said the majority of those killed were foreigners that worked with the UN.
The bomb had apparently been planted under one of the seats in the van and had been detonated through remote control, said police.
A resident of Garowe said he heard the thundering blast of the van, which had been passing close to the UN’s offices when the explosive was detonated.
Around the scene, human limbs could be seen scattered about. Security forces then sealed off the entire area while ambulances raced the wounded away.
Bombing in the area of northern Somalia are not very common, unlike in the southern area of the country where the Islamic extremists group of al-Shabaab are fighting with the government of Somali as well as with the African Union forces that are helping it.