Al-Shabab claims responsibility for Somali plane blast

Officials said the bomb was intended to kill all those on board the plane. Credit: Harun Maruf

Islamist militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for an explosion which blasted a hole in the side of a Somali plane.

The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu after the explosion last week.

The government said the blast was caused by a bomb intended to kill everyone on board. One man, suspected of being the bomber, was sucked out of the side of the plane and died. Two other passengers suffered minor injuries.

Al-Shabab said in a statement: "Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen carried out the airborne operation as a retribution for the crimes committed by the coalition of Western crusaders and their intelligence agencies against the Muslims of Somalia."