World Bulletin/News Desk
A car bomb critically injured a university lecturer in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Wednesday and was blamed on rebels who have promised to keep up attacks even as they have lost territory to a military offensive.
"It was a planted bomb probably controlled remotely," police captain Isa Ahmed told Reuters, blaming al Shabaab for the Wednesday's blast. It was not clear whether the bomb had targeted the lecturer, he said.
But analysts say the group still has the capacity to wreak havoc with hit-and-run attacks and to hinder the Western-backed government's efforts to restore order to a nation that is struggling to rebuild after more than two decades of war.
In the northern, semi-autonomous Puntland area, regional President Abdiweli Mohamed said 20 al Shabaab rebels and five soldiers have been killed in fighting in the past week in the Galgala hills, an area Puntland previously said it controlled.
"The battleground is now in our hands," the president told reporters on Tuesday.
Rebels and officials often give different accounts and death tolls.