The IED claim is the group’s first since July and just the second attack claim of the year for the small Tunisian Al Qaeda wing.
As JNIM rallies its members and supporters against France and Mali, it depicts the fight with the two countries as part of al Qaeda’s wider global jihad.
Today’s suicide bombings marks one of the first times European Union troops have been targeted by Shabaab.
Katibat Imam al Bukhari released two sets of photos this month showing captured weapons from overran Afghan military posts.
Today’s suicide bombing on a district headquarters in Mogadishu comes only a week after a similar attack on another district headquarters in the Somali capital.
Despite official Lebanese claims to the contrary, the photos recently released by Hezbollah offer more evidence of how its forces coordinated with the Lebanese military in last year’s battle near Arsal.
In a military operation yesterday, the French reportedly killed a top Tuareg commander for the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara in Mali’s northern Menaka region.
The Islamic State’s West African province has gone on a recent spate of assaults on military bases in northeastern Nigeria.