Somalia: Car bomb kills 7 near presidential palace

22nd Sep 2015
Somalia: Car bomb kills 7 near presidential palace

MOGADISHU, (AA & Agencies): A car bomb exploded outside a hotel located near Somalia’s presidential palace on Monday evening killing at least seven people and injuring ten others, Interior Ministry sources have said.

According to a local security official, the driver of a bomb-laden car – who was himself apparently killed in the blast – targeted the SYL hotel near the presidential palace in Mogadishu.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source told Anadolu Agency that “numerous” people had been killed in the explosion, which, he added, had also led to “considerable” material damage.

Two days of meetings had drawn Somali federal and state leaders and United Nations officials, among others, to the presidential palace for consultations on the 2016 presidential election process. The sessions at the palace, known as Villa Somalia, wrapped up shortly before the explosion.

The attack also coincided with Mogadishu’s commemoration of the United Nations’ annual International Day of Peace.

Al-Shabaab affiliated with Al Qa’ida, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted senior Somali and foreign officials.

Author: Felix Nkambeh Tih

[Photo: Earlier in July Al-Shabaab bombed Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu using car laden with bombs killing 5 people. Photographer: Nour Gelle Gedi/AA]

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