MOGADISHU – At least 4 people have been killed and several others injured when car bomb explosion went off near Somalia’s parliament building in Mogadishu.
Sunday’s explosion targeted army checkpoint near the heavily-guarded compound in the capital, leaving 4 people, including a soldier dead, a witness Mohamed Hussein said.
Mohamed told Mareeg online that blood and body parts had littered on the ground, shortly after the explosion, adding that several cars and motorbikes had been burned in the bomb explosion.
“I was on rickshaw when a bomber blew himself up near the country’s parliament complex. I saw bodies of 4 people and were taken by rescue workers into hospital”, he said.
In phone interview, a policeman Hanad Mohamed said that a few hours earlier, another car bomb had killed one person plus the driver near Mogadishu.
Somali-based group of Al Shabaab has immediately claimed the responsibility for Sunday’s explosion in the capital of Mogadishu.
Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al Shabab’s military operations spokesman said that it killed at least 13 government soldiers in the bomb attack.
The group vowed to step up its deadly attacks against Somali government and African Union troops’ bases and popular eateries in the capital.
The blast comes three days after at least 14 people were killed and 10 others wounded in a car bombing near the Weheliye hotel on the capital’s busy Makka Almukarramah road in Somali capital Mogadishu.
By Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare