Available languages:
Credit card

Privacy policy

Current issues

Somalia attack: Al-Shabab targets diplomat in Mogadishu

A military vehicle escorting a United Arab Emirates' diplomatic convoy was hit by a car bomb in Somalia's capital, killing at least 12 people, police say.

The UAE ambassador survived the suicide attack as he was riding in a bullet-proof land cruiser vehicle, the BBC's Mohamed Moalimu reports from Mogadishu.


The militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it carried out the attack, to target "a foreign enemy".


Al-Shabab is battling Somalia's government for control of the country.


On Sunday morning, a suicide car bomber and gunmen attacked a training centre for the national intelligence agency.


The militants have vowed to intensify attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Wednesday.



BBC News

Stay up to date: sign up for our newsletter

For insights and analysis subscribe to our biannual journal