Suicide bomber in WHEELCHAIR suspected of Somalia plane bombing

iftineducation.com The plane took off from Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday.
Investigators believe the alleged attacker’s wheelchair allowed him to go through security undetected.

Al-Shabaab, the Al-Qaeda-linked group which now controls vast swathes of Somalia, has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

However, a US official allegedly told Reuters he believes the explosion was planned by the terror group.

One man, identified as Abdullahi Abdisalam Borleh, was killed in the blast. He is not being considered a suspect. 

The body of another man, which was sucked in by the plane’s fuselage through the hole caused by the explosion, was found in the area. 

US investigators believe that body belongs to the attacker. 

Two people were injured in the explosion.

Shortly after the blast the Daallo Airlines plane, which had 74 passengers on board, made an emergency landing back to Mogadishu airport. 

Captain Vlatko Vodopivec said it was the first time he had been involved in such incident.

He said: “It was my first bomb, I hope it will be the last.

“It would have been much worse if we were higher.”

In a statement Daallo Airlines said: “Pilots managed to land the aircraft back (at) Mogadishu Airport safely and without any further incident. All passengers, except one, disembarked safely.”

Somalia has been in a state of almost complete anarchy since the 1991 overthrow of the military regime.

Over the last few years the East African nation has inched towards stability, but Al-Shabaab insurgents are said to still control large parts of the country.