Deadly auto bomb kills 4 people in Mogadishu

Deadly auto bomb kills 4 people in Mogadishu

Kerry Wise
March 27, 2018

The blast sent a plume of black smoke billowing above the skyline.

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.

The wreckage of a vehicle is seen at the site of the auto bomb explosion which killed at least four people outside of the Somali parliament in Modadishu, on March 25, 2018.

At least five three-wheel scooters that were passing on the road had been overturned by the blast.

Witnesses said the vehicle, driven by a suicide bomber, rammed into the checkpoint at high speed after a soldier flagged it to stop.

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It was the second auto bomb within hours in the Somali capital, where the terrorist group al-Shabab often targets attacks. The toll of dead and wounded was announced by security ministry spokesman Abdulaziz Hildhiban.

Sunday's blast comes just three days after at least 14 people were killed by a auto bomb near the near the Weheliye hotel on the capital's busy Makka Almukarramah road. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Nur Mohamed, a Mogadishu police officer, told Reuters the bomb had gone off at the heavily guarded Sayidka checkpoint. The group frequently attacks Mogadishu's high-profile areas such as hotels and military checkpoints.

In phone interview, a policeman Hanad Mohamed said that a few hours earlier, another vehicle bomb had killed one person plus the driver near Mogadishu.

The U.S. military, which has stepped up efforts against al-Shabab in the past year with dozens of drone strikes, has said Somali forces are not yet ready.