The Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab has warned of suicide attacks in Somalia to coincide with a conference in London over the situation in Somalia.
The warning, from senior al-Shabaab leaders and repeated on the militants' Twitter page, came after seven Somali officers were injured when a car-bomb exploded at a police station in Mogadishu, the capital.(Full story here).
"The explosion was the beginning of a series of suicide and bombing attacks that mujahedeen fighters plan to carry out in Mogadishu in the coming days," Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Musab, an al-Shabaab spokesman, said.
On its Twitter feed, al-Shabaab added that it "hereby warns all Muslims of Somalia to stay away from the enemy bases in order to avoid being unintentional victims of this new campaign".
The intensified bombing campaign appears timed to show that the Islamists are not a spent force, as heads of state and senior Somali officials gather at Lancaster House in London for the largest international conference on Somalia, on Thursday.
The meeting, called by the Prime Minister, aims to "galvanise efforts to find solutions to long-standing Somali challenges", in the words of British officials.