Al Shabaab bombing in Somali capital kills five, injures six

Concerns are growing that the al-Shabab extremist group is turning its focus on Kenya after military pressure on its strongholds in neighboring Somalia. "Unfortunately I lost five of my security officers including my personal bodyguard in an attack on my convoy", Mandera Governor Ali Robathe said in a Facebook post.

A roadside bomb planted by Somali Islamists killed two Kenyan police near the Somali border on Thursday, police said, bringing to 11 the number of Kenyan security officials that have been killed by roadside bombs over the past two days.

According to witnesses who spoke to Kenyan local media, the vehicles carrying the Kenyan leaders had not reached the location where the bomb had been placed.

Abdifatah Omar Halane, the spokesman for Mogadishu's mayor, said the dead included a mother and a young boy whose family owns the establishment.

"So far five people have died in the incident".

The latest attack came just a day after Joseph Bionnet, inspector general of police, warned that some members of the armed group had sneaked into Kenya and were planning attacks.

Somalia's al-Shabab armed group claimed responsibility for the attack. He said three other officers have been unhurt.

Mandera County is under a curfew imposed by the Kenyan government until June 28.

In the last two weeks, attacks by al-Shabab in Kenya's Garissa and Mandera counties have increased after a lull.

Elsewhere, Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in northern Somalia on Tuesday that killed five people, including the bomber, and wounded 18 others.

A statement from IS, released through its Amaq news agency, said the bomber carried out a "martyrdom-seeking operation with an explosive vest".

Security forces drive past campaign posters of the forthcoming Somali presidential elections in Mogadishu, Somalia.

A suicide bomber strapped with explosives rushed toward police before blowing himself up, a witness told VOA.

  • Leroy Wright