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Somalia: Capital hit by mortar attacks ahead of presidential election

8th Feb 2017
Somalia: Capital hit by mortar attacks ahead of presidential election

By Mohammed Dhaysane

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AA): Four loud explosions rocked Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday evening, an official said, on the eve of a presidential election.

The blasts were caused by mortar attacks in three neighborhoods, Abdifatah Omar Hallane, a spokesman for the Banadir regional administration, told Anadolu Agency.

“There were four mortar attacks in Mogadishu tonight by al-Shabaab,” he said. “Two mortars hit in Wabari district, one in Hamar-weyne and another one landed in a residential area in Hamar-jajab district. There were no casualties.”

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but al-Shabaab has been responsible for terror attacks in recent months.

On Wednesday, parliament is due to select a president from 22 candidates, including current leader Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

The city is under curfew with roads and businesses closed and a no-fly zone has been declared above Mogadishu.

[Photo:  Posters of the candidates are seen through the street ahead of the Somalia’s presidential election, which will be held tomorrow, in Mogadishu, Somalia on February 07, 2017. Photographer: Muhabiri Sadak Mohamed/AA]

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