Intelligence gathered from credible sources following recent Islamist terror group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen attack confirm that the terror group has deployed a trend in employing car suicide bombs on their targets in Somalia and in Kenya.
Vehicles rigged with bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are now Al Shabaab weapon of choice to launch advanced attacks in the two countries.
Al Shabaab is manufacturing these weapons at an alarming rate using fertilizers and deploying militants to set off the bombs on their targets.
The recent suicide attack in Mogadishu in which the militants targeted UAE Ambassador near Turkish Embassy killed a number of UAE convoy, the suicide bomber and injuring several others.
Intelligence reports indicate Al Shabaab have planned to commit a series of suicide car bombs attacks on their targets, especially during this Holy month of Ramadan.
An in depth analysis of the recent attacks indicate that Al Shabaab is using ISIS tactics to launch attacks using car bombs.
The Al Shabaab car bomb which had targeted UAE convoy claimed lives of innocent civilians but the target UAE personnel Mohamed Al-Othman survived the attack.
Describing the suicide bombing as ‘cowardly’ attacks by the Al Shabaab militants, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash said UAE will not stop supporting brothers and sisters in Somalia against terrorism.
He further assured them of their support until Somalia is safe and stable.
Earlier this month UAE had sent military equipment aid to Somalia to improve on security as the government battles the extremists.