Somali truck bomb kills 70 as terrorists promise more of the same
If you thought the situation in Somalia couldn't get any worse, I'm afraid you're wrong.
After a huge truck bomb killed 70 and wounded 100 yesterday, a spokesman for the AQ affiliated al-Shabbab made it clear that this was just the beginning.
"We are promising that attacks against the enemy will be routine, more in number and will increase day by day," spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage said in speech broadcast Wednesday by the group's radio Al-Andalus.
A suicide bomber on Tuesday detonated an explosives-laden truck at a government compound in Mogadishu, unleashing a powerful blast that mowed down dozens and wounded more than 100 others.
Witnesses said the devastation was the worst they had ever seen since Somalia plunged into a civil war two decades ago. The Shebab launched a bloody uprising in 2007 against the Western-backed transitional government.
It was also the first attack since the insurgents pulled out of Mogadishu in August in a move they said was a change of military tactics.
"The attack was a hit to the mercenaries serving the interests of non-believers who thought that they have captured Mogadishu as well as for those who assume the Shebab had left the capital," Rage said.
"The attack proved that we are still in Mogadishu and very much at K4," said Rage, referring to the area of Mogadishu hit by the suicide bomber.
Terror experts are very concerned that Shabbab has forged links with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula in Yemen, sharing training facilities and perhaps even operational planning for strikes outside of the Middle East and Africa.
Judging by this latest outrage, they appear to be improving their ability to cause mass casualty terror
attacks. Reason enough to pay more attention to what's happening in Somalia.