Somali Police have identified the suicide bomber who blew up in General Kahiye Police Academy in Mogadishu claiming 17 lives and left at least 17 others injured. The attacker whose name will not be realized to the public, had explosives strapped to his body, infiltrated the General Kaahiye Police Training Academy and struck during a police parade.
Further reports site that the bomber wanted to inflict maximum damage and as such the choice of his target and timing seeing as the trainees would have gathered for the parade.
Al-Shabab has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa and is increasingly targeted by the U.S. military after the Trump administration early this year approved expanded airstrikes and other efforts against the fighters. The U.S. has carried out at least 32 drone strikes this year against al-Shabab and a small but growing number of militants linked to the Islamic State group, many of them defectors from al-Shabab.
The al Shabaab who are said to be fleeing most parts of Somalia have resulted in the conducting suicide bombings at security officers position in desperate attempts to ease the pressure being exerted on the terrorists by the security forces.