Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Twin auto bombings rock restive Somali capital

Twin auto bombings rock restive Somali capital

At least 4 people have been killed and several others injured when vehicle bomb explosion went off near Somalia's parliament building in Mogadishu. Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin ambulances, the city's sole rescue service, said one person had been killed and another one injured.

The auto bomb was detonated at a checkpoint after soldiers intercepted and stopped a suspicious vehicle, senior police Capt. Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press.

On Sunday (March 25), a auto bomb exploded at a security checkpoint near the Interior Ministry on a road leading to the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu. "I saw people being rushed to hospital and some of them were already dead", said Abdulahi Moalim.

Mogadishu is regularly hit by bomb attacks carried out by the Shabaab which is fighting to overthrow Somalia's internationally-backed government.

Al Shabaab's military operations spokesman said his group had been "behind the blast", adding that the dead included soldiers and officers.

In phone interview, a policeman Hanad Mohamed said that a few hours earlier, another vehicle bomb had killed one person plus the driver near Mogadishu.

At least 14 people were killed on Thursday when al Shabaab set off a bomb outside a busy Mogadishu hotel. The group frequently attacks Mogadishu's high-profile areas such as hotels and military checkpoints.

Last year, the country's President, Mr Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, declared war on the militant group even as he offered amnesty to its fighters, whom he referred to as "brainwashed youth".

The United States has also stepped up the tempo of drone and missile strikes, and increased its support for ground attacks by US-trained Somali forces. But officials have said that Somali forces are not yet ready.

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