14 die in Somalia vehicle blast

27 March, 2018, 06:23 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Mogadishu has repeatedly been targeted by the Somalia-based jihadi group al-Shabab, the deadliest extremist group in Africa, which is seeking to topple the country's Western-backed government.

A suicide vehicle bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint near the parliament and interior ministry in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Sunday, but the number of casualties was not immediately known, police said. "I saw people being rushed to hospital and some of them were already dead", said Abdulahi Moalim.

Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin ambulances, the city's sole rescue service, said three people had been killed, excluding the bomber, and one injured.

Early in the morning, a auto bomb went off at a security checkpoint in Siinka Dheer area, just outside the capital, killing the bomber and wounding several others. The toll of dead and wounded was announced by security ministry spokesman Abdulaziz Hildhiban.

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Earlier Sunday, another auto bomb exploded close to a security checkpoint outside Mogadishu, killing the bomber and injuring a police officer.

According to Somali media, another vehicle bomb blast took place in Sinka Dher village in the outskirts of Mogadishu on Sunday, which killed at least two people. Al-Shabaab also claimed responsibility for that attack.

Al Shabaab's military operation spokesman said his group had carried out the attack. A truck bombing in October killed 512 people in the country's deadliest-ever attack.

United States forces have stepped up efforts against Al-Shabaab, with the military carrying out about 30 airstrikes in Somalia past year, twice as many as in 2016. But officials have said that Somali forces are not yet ready.

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