A former Somali lawmaker was among the suicide bombers who carried out a deadly attack close to the airport in the capital, Mogadishu, yesterday, killing 13 people, al-Shabab alleges.
The group says the ex-MP, identified as Salah Badbado, was among the two militants who denoted bombs in a heavily fortified UN camp.
The 53-year-old served in Somalia’s parliament from 2004 until 2010, when he announced at a press conference he was dumping politics for Islamist group linked to Qaeda, the AFP news agency reports.
On Tuesday’s twin explosions went off in the country’s capital targeting African Union force’s headquarters.
Prior to the double car bomb attack on the African Union’s main peacekeeping base in Somalia, the former Somali lawmaker declared in an audio aired in a radio station known as al Andalus, Ismail that he would be among suicide bombers.
Those who died during the twin explosions are believed to include security guards at a checkpoint. Somalia is set to hold a presidential election next month and security analyst say al Shabaab could utilize the distraction caused by campaigning, to launch more attacks.
Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman, confirmed Ismail’s participation in the attack.
While speaking recently, the spokesman urged other Somali MPs:
“The current so-called Somali government lawmakers should follow suit. We are telling them to take part in the jihad via the same procedures,”
Ismail, who was from Somaliland, joined parliament in 2009 as one of 275 people nominated by former President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed.