Mogadishu hit by two car bombs


One person died and another was injured in two car bombs that exploded in the heart of the Somali capital with Islamist group al Shabaab claiming responsibility for the attacks.

The bombs detonated in two separate cars near a main road in the centre of the city. Al Shabaab frequently carries out bombings in Mogadishu and other parts of the Horn of Africa country.
“Two people were injured in two car bombs. One died of wounds,” said Major Mohamed Hussein, a police officer.

Al Shabaab told Reuters they planted the car bombs and were targeting a police official who escaped.

Another police officer, Ahmed Nur, said one car was parked and had nobody in it, while the second was moving with two people inside injured.

On Friday, at least three people were killed in separate attacks in Mogadishu, including a female university student shot dead in her class by two men armed with pistols.

Al Shabaab is fighting to topple Somalia’s Western-backed central government and establish its own rule based on strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.

The group also wants African Union (AU)-mandated AMISOM peacekeepers out of the country.