Somalia: 5 killed, 9 injured in Mogadishu suicide explosion

MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least five people were killed when car laden with explosive exploded in Somali capital, a week after 30 people died in suicide attack claimed by Al Shabaab in Mogadishu.

Somali police officer Hussein Mohamed says the explosion caused by a parked car bomb went off near security checkpoint, close to presidential palace in Mogadishu.

Mohamed says nine others were also injured in the bomb attack.

He says a suspect who may have parked the car on the side of the road was apprehended.

Rescue workers evacuated the victims into hospital.

Somali armed group Al Shabaab has claimed the responsibility for Thursday’s explosion in Mogadishu.

The group says it killed ten soldiers at security checkpoint after the explosion.

Meanwhile, two police soldiers were killed on board last night after roadside bomb explosion hit a vehicle they were travelling in Mogadishu.

The attack was also claimed by Al Shabaab.

The Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab has been waging insurgency for more than ten years in Somalia.

The group, which wants to topple the weak-westren backed government of Somalia, was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011, after joint military offensive carried out by Somali army and African Union troops.