Mogadishu roadside bomb injures seven


Seven people were wounded by a roadside bomb in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, police said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Islamist group al Shabaab carries out frequent bombings in their bid to topple the western-backed government.

The bomb was placed at Mogadishu’s Benadir junction, police officer major Abdullahi Hussein told Reuters.
“The bomb injured seven pedestrians. There were no vehicles passing at that time,” he said.

The injured were taken to hospital, said Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin Ambulances emergency service.

Somalia has been engulfed by violence and lawlessness since the toppling of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in early 1990s. Al Shabaab wants to install its own government based on its strict interpretation of Islamic law.

The group’s campaign of violence typically targets military and African Union-mandated peace keeping force AMISOM although militants are accused of targeting civilians, something they deny.

On Sunday, four civilians died in Mogadishu in mortar attacks claimed by al Shabaab.