Airplane Bomb Targeted Western Intelligence Officials: Al-Shabaab Statement

By Mohamed Sheikh Nor | February 16, 2016

Al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Daallo Airlines airplane, saying in a statement the attack was part of an operation aimed at dozens of Western intelligence officials and Turkish NATO forces flying to Djibouti.

An English-language release posted on Radio Andulus’s website noted that while the operation didn’t cause the plane to crash on Feb. 2, it caused havoc and turmoil.

The bomb blew a hole in the fuselage of the Airbus A321 jet carrying 74 passengers, killing one person, thought to have been carrying the device. The plane had been in the air for about 15 minutes when the incident occurred.

The militants also promised they would continue to pursue the enemies, with a particular focus on all Western intelligence teams operating in Somalia, according to the statement.

Daallo Airlines, based in Dubai, regularly flies between Mogadishu, Somalia, and cities including Nairobi, Kenya, and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, according to its website.

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  • February 17, 2016 at 12:17 pm
    Rosenblatt says:
    I don't know UW - I think the moral of this story here is that countries still need to do a better job of stopping terrorists from boarding planes in the first place. After al... read more
  • February 16, 2016 at 5:39 pm
    UW Supreme says:
    Moral of the story here is that a terrorist only killed himself by sucking his soulless, waste-of-space body out of the plane and to his fantastic death 20-thousand feet below... read more
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