Car bombs kill at least 22 in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu – police
By Abdi Sheikh-MOGADISHU, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Two car bombs in separate
parts of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu killed at least 22 people
on Saturday and injured several others, police said.
The first explostion – in the city’s K5 Junction area which
is lined with government offices, hotels, and restaurants –
destroyed several buildings and set dozens of vehicles on fire.
“We know that at least 20 civilians are dead while dozens of
others are wounded,” said Abdullahi Nur, a police officer who
was in the area.
“The death toll will surely rise. We are still busy
transporting casualties,” he said, adding that there were
bodies under the rubble.
About two hours later, a second blast took place in the
city’s Madina district.
“It was a car bomb. Two civilians were killed, ” Siyad
Farah, a police major, told Reuters, adding that a suspect had
been caught on suspicion of planting explosives.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although the
Islamist al Shabaab group has carried out regular attacks
The al Qaeda-allied group is waging an insurgency to topple
the weak U.N.-backed government and its African Union allies and
impose its own strict interpretation of Islam.
They frequently launch gun, grenade and bomb attacks in
Mogadishu and other regions controlled by the federal
government, though in recent years the militants have lost most
territory under their control to African Union peacekeepers and
(Writing by Aaron Maasho; Editing by Richard Balmforth)