MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least five people have been killed and 15 others injured on Wednesday in a suicide explosion in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The explosion targeted a security checkpoint near the country’s parliament building in the capital, leaving five people dead, a witness said.
He says the bomber blew his IEDs laden car at the checkpoint before the security forces made searches all vehicles lined up.
Rescue workers reportedly evacuated 15 wounded people to nearby hospitals.
Somali armed group al Shabaab claimed the responsibility for the bomb attack.
The attack becomes first attack in 2020 carried out by the militant group affiliated with al Qaeda.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.
The al Qaeda linked group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally- backed government in Somalia.