Somalia: Plane Blast Caused By Bomb Meant To Kill All On Board

The explosion punctured a hole in the jet, killing one passenger.

02/06/2016 11:41 am ET
The explosion tore a hole through the side of the plane shortly after it took off from Mogadishu.

MOGADISHU, Feb 6 (Reuters) - A blast that punched a hole in the fuselage of a plane this week was caused by a bomb meant to kill everyone on board, Somalia's minister for transport and aviation said on Saturday.

One passenger died and two were injured in the explosion on the Airbus A321, operated by Somali company Daallo Airlines. It was forced to make an emergency landing at Mogadishu airport on Tuesday.

United States investigators believe the attack was carried out by Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab, but there has been no comment from the organization.

"We have confirmed that it was a bomb that exploded in the Daallo Airlines flight. It was meant to kill all aboard," the minister, Ali Ahmed Jamac, told a news conference.

He said authorities were pursuing suspects, without going into further detail.

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