Somali Rebel group linked to attempt on passenger airline
The militant group al-Shabaab was responsible for the bomb blast on February 2 which forced a Dubai-based passenger aircraft Daallo Airlines to make an emergency landing at Mogadishu airport, reported Somalia based daily Hiiraan Online.
The revelation was confirmed by Somalia’s minister of air transport and civil aviation Ali Ahmed Jama following completion of an investigation which conducted by the East African country’s government.
“After a careful investigation, we found out that al-Shabaab was behind the attack,” Jama told reporters Saturday at a news conference in Mogadishu adding that such attempts on the lives of innocent people are the work of the rebel outfit.
Jama said the bomb, which blew a hole in the fuselage of the Airbus A321 jet carrying 74 passengers, was intended to kill as many as possible. One person was killed in the incident.
The plane had been airborne for about 15 minutes, en route to Djibouti, when the incident occurred, according to the airline’s Facebook page.
The investigation was carried out jointly by the Somali intelligence agency and international experts specializing in bomb-related issues, Jama said.
Jama confirmed arrests had been made in connection with the incident but refused to divulge how many persons had been detained.
Representatives of al-Shabaab were not available to comment. The group has not claimed responsibility for carrying out the attack.