Car-bomb explodes near Somalia's parliament

26 March, 2018, 02:50 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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At least one person was killed in the explosion, which left a huge cloud of smoke over the area, according to witnesses.

At least 14 people have been killed in a auto bomb blast outside a popular hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, according to a government official.

Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin ambulances, the city's sole rescue service, said three people had been killed and another wounded.

Al-Shabaab, an Islamic extremist group affiliated with Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had killed 13 members of the security forces, although that could not be independently verified.

Thursday's attack comes about a month after a twin vehicle bombing in Mogadishu left 38 people killed.


He added, "I could also see many motorbikes and cars, which were completely burned and destroyed by the blast".

"We are behind the attack at the checkpoint from where the president's palace, parliament house and the interior ministry of the apostate government are guarded", said Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group's spokesman for military operations.

On Wednesday, at least 26 people were killed and 18 others wounded in a suicide blast in Afghanistan's capital city Kabul.

Mogadishu is often a target of attacks by al-Shabab, which is fighting to overthrow Somalia's internationally recognised government. An African Union Mission to Somalia (known as AMISOL) is expected to withdraw its last troops by 2020.

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