According to reports made available by Reuters, big explosions have occurred in the heart of Somali’s capital Mogadishu. The blasts which occurred just a few minutes ago were targeted at the headquarters of the Somali intelligence agency.
Although the country has been at the mercy of Islamic group, Al-Shabaab, for some time now, with the terrorist group frequently carrying out targeted bombings in the Horn of Africa country; no one has claimed responsibility for the recent attacks.
The Somali police are yet to give any information on the blast as security agencies are occupied with ensuring the safety of life and properties, whilst on red-alert in case, there is a second target for bombing, as it is with such cases.
Islamic extremist group has been fighting for years in the area to take power and create an Islamic state in the region.
It appears the terrorist have taken advantage of the news that Somali soldiers embarked on a warning strike to protest non-payment of their wages.
Earlier this week, there were confirmed reports that hundreds of Somalia National Army soldiers have embarked on a strike to protest their unpaid salaries which have entered its fourth month.
The soldiers are still in Bal'ad, north of Mogadishu refusing to go back to their bases, which they say will continue unless they received the 4-month arrears.
They have also accused the Prime Minister Khaire of lying to the public by saying that no soldier had not been paid. They demanded an apology from the premier.
Another worrying issue is the stance of the African Union (AU) in the face of these attacks on Somalia.
The commission has an important role to play in making sure that citizens of the country located on the Horn of Africa are protected. We need to treat the attacks as an African problem, rather than a Somali one.
The number of casualties has not been reported.
We will bring you more details about the explosions as they unfold...
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