Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden cars on Tuesday outside the United Nations Mine Action Service offices and a Somali army checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing 13 people, including seven UN guards, Somali police officials said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently held a secret meeting with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the first-ever high-level contact between the two countries, The Times of Israel reported.
The US believes there were no civilian casualties. Recently, the White House announced that it will disclose how many people have been killed by American drones and other counterterrorism strikes since 2009.
The government of Somalia cut political ties with Tehran last week and gave Iranian diplomats 72 hours to leave the country after accusing Iran of interfering in the country’s affairs and posing a security threat.