Double car bomb blasts kills 9 in Mogadishu

16th Jun 2019
Double car bomb blasts kills 9 in Mogadishu

By Mohammed Dhaysane

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AA): At least nine people were killed and more than 25 wounded when a double car bomb blast rocked the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Bashir Abdi Mohamed, Somali police commissioner, told reporters after the attacks that the first car bomb blast targeted a security checkpoint near the parliament building and killed eight people.

The second blast — on a main road leading to the airport — killed one person, he added.

Some 25 people were wounded and transported to hospitals for treatment, he added.

A separate blast from a roadside bomb in Mogadishu hit a police vehicle patrolling near Kenya’s border with Somalia on Saturday, killing several of the 11 officers inside, a police spokesman, Charles Owino, said.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the car bomb attacks, but officials blamed terrorist group al-Shabaab, also suspected of being behind an attack in neighboring Kenya on Saturday.

In October 2017, nearly 600 people were killed and over 300 injured when a truck bomb blast blamed on al-Shabaab targeted a busy intersection in Mogadishu.

[Map of Somalia. CIA/Public Domain]

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