A port manager has been shot dead by Islamic extremists in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland state. Hours after the shooting, a car bomb explosion in the capitak killed 11 people and injured 3 in Mogadishu. The assasination of Paul Anthony Formosa, a Maltese citizen worked for the Dubai government-owned P&O Ports, a subsidiary of the Dubai-based DP World.
Islamist terror group al-Shabaab clained accountability for killing the port manager. The attack took place in Bosaso, on the Gulf of Aden.
The killing can be a stumbling block to endeavors to lure investment for the unstable, poverty-hit and violent nation. It also underscores the ongoing threat form the rebels. The car bomb explosion took place in the busy Hanarweyne market in the capital Mogadishu.
Capt Mohamed Hussein, a police official, stated that around nine people were also wounded in the explosion that took place near Mogadishu’s local government offices, in the city’s Hamar Weyne district.
Mohamed Hussein Aliye, a 31-year-old shopkeeper, was serving customers when the car explosion occurred. He stated that it was a normal day for the locals. He even saw the man who parked the car and 20 minutes after that the car blasted. The explosion was so massive that smoke and dust closed his sight completely.
Al-Shabaab stated that the bombing aimed towards local administrators.
The assualts came three weeks after a deadly attack was carried out by the group on a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi, in adjoining Kenya.
The US embassy on Monday issued a caution to its citizens about a continuous threat from Islamic extremists in the east African nation.
In a statement on Twitter, the Dubai government affirmed the death of 11 peoole and stated that the situation leading to the incident were being examined. The statement also read that three other employees were injured in the incident, and all injured people are presently receiving medical treatment.