News ID: 239920
Published: 0242 GMT March 07, 2019

Powerful car bomb explosion hits Somali capital, leaves four dead

Powerful car bomb explosion hits Somali capital, leaves four dead

A deadly car bomb explosion claimed by al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants has hit near the presidential palace in Somalia’s capital, security officials and witnesses say.

An explosives-laden car went off near a restaurant near the presidential palace in the heart of Mogadishu on Thursday morning, Somali police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP, Presstv Reported.

“The blast occurred at a checkpoint close to the National Theatre, we don’t have the details but there are casualties,” a security official said.

Somali police said four people have been killed and nine others sustained injuries in the powerful blast.

The al-Shabab militant group claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Last week, at least 36 people, mostly civilians, were killed and over 60 wounded after a bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into the Hotel Maka al-Mukarama and nearby buildings in Mogadishu.

Al-Shabab claimed that attack as well and threatened more such assaults in the future.

Al-Shabaab, however, still wields control in large parts of the countryside, and every now and then carries out deadly attacks against government, military, and civilian targets in the capital as well as regional towns.

The terrorist group has fought successive Somali governments as well as neighboring governments in Kenya and Uganda.

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