Somalia: Roadside bomb kills 3 in Mogadishu

28th Feb 2021
Somalia: Roadside bomb kills 3 in Mogadishu

By Mohammed Dhaysane

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AA) – At least three people, including two soldiers, were killed in Somalia’s capital Sunday morning in a bomb blast targeting a military vehicle carrying senior staff.

Wounding several others, the attack took place on Abdikasim road in Mogadishu city, rocking the busy KM4 intersection.

Local police official Abdifatah Hassan told Anadolu Agency over the phone that the explosive used in the blast was a roadside bomb that targeted a military official.

He said the senior official managed to escape unscathed, though two of his bodyguards and a civilian were killed.

Somalia’s Deputy Military Commander Abbas Amin narrowly escaped the bomb attack.

Also speaking to Anadolu Agency, Somali police spokesman Sadaq Adan Ali confirmed the attack but not the casualties.

Local media reported that Somalia’s deputy army commander had been the target.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, though al-Shabaab, a Somali-based al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group, claimed other recent attacks in the Horn of Africa country.

Terrorist attacks are common in Somalia.

On February 13, seven people were wounded when a suicide car bomb blast targeted a security checkpoint near the Somali parliament headquarters in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday.
“A suicide bomber driving a Toyota Noah [vehicle] drove past a security checkpoint in the Dabka area, forcing police to open fire. At least seven people were wounded, eight cars and nine rickshaws were destroyed in the morning bombing in Mogadishu,” Somali police said in a statement.
The attack targeted a security checkpoint near the Sayidka junction in Mogadishu’s busiest Makka al-Mukarama road.
The Sayidka junction is located steps away from Somali parliament headquarters and close to the presidential palace in Mogadishu.

 

[Photo: Cars are damaged after a huge car bomb blast that targeted a security checkpoint near the Somali parliament headquarters in the capital Mogadishu on February 13, 2021. Photographer:  Sadak Mohamed/AA]

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