MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least 5 people have been killed and 11 others injured, some seriously in suicide car bomb explosion in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
The explosion targeted a security checkpoint near the presidential palace in Mogadishu, leaving 5 people dead, a survivor Abdullahi Hussein said.
Hussein says the death toll could likely rise as the explosion ripped through scores of people on board.
Somali police say a car bomber had joined a queue of vehicles waiting to get through a checkpoint and then blew himself up.
The explosion caught other vehicles used by the military officer and lawmakers, according to KNN, a radio based in Mogadishu.
Somali armed group al Shabaab has claimed the responsibility for Wednesday’s explosion.
Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group, which wants to topple the weak-western backed government of Somalia
The group has been fighting for more than ten years in Somalia.