At least five people including a top sports official were killed and 10 others injured in a suicide bomb attack on a reopened theater in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, police and witnesses reported.
A female suicide bomber targeted Mogadishu's National Theater when a ceremony was held to mark the first anniversary of the Somali national TV.
People gather at the site of a suicide explosion at the national theater in Mogadishu, Somalia, on April 4, 2012. At least five people including two sports officials are confirmed dead and 10 others were wounded Wednesday after a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives at a ceremony at the national theater in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials and witnesses said. (Xinhua/Faisal Isse)
The bombing came in the middle of the speech made by Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Ali to mark the occasion. The premier was unhurt, witnesses told Xinhua.
At a press conference held afterwards, Ali said such acts will not intimidate his government, vowing to continue to fight terror.
Al-Shabaab linked to Al-Qaida has escalated attacks in the war- torn capital recently, although under mounting pressure from the government forces, the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission, the Kenyan military operation in the south of the Horn of Africa country and the anti-terror action by Ethiopia.
Al-Shabaab was largely driven out of Mogadishu in August 2011 by the government and AU peacekeeping forces. In February, Al- Qaida announced the merger with Al-Shabab.