Somali military camp rocked by deadly suicide bombing | Somalia News

A suicide bomber was standing among the recruits lining up outside General Dhegobadan’s military camp when the explosion occurred.

At least 15 army recruits were killed in a suicide bombing attack at a military training camp in Mogadishu, the Somali capital.

Army officer Mohamed Adan said the suicide bomber behind Tuesday’s attack was in disguise among recruits queuing outside General Dhegobadan’s military camp when the explosion occurred.

“I counted around 15 new recruits who were killed in the blast,” Adan said, adding that the death toll could be higher.

The injured were taken to Madina Hospital in Mogadishu, according to Reuters news agency.

An ambulance carrying people injured by a suicide bombing at a military base arrives at Madina Hospital in Mogadishu [Feisal Omar/Reuters]

The attack, the deadliest in the capital for 18 months, was not immediately claimed.

Hotels and security checkpoints are frequently attacked in Somalia.

In December 2019, 81 people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack at a downtown checkpoint, while the last major hotel attack killed 11 in August 2020.

Somalia has been mired in interlocking crises for 30 years, with repeated episodes of civil war, clan conflict, armed rebellion, famine and political instability.

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