At least five killed in Mogadishu vehicle explosion

Cheryl Sanders
March 22, 2017

A auto bomb killed at least five people and wounded 11 others Tuesday outside a security checkpoint near the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Mohamed Osman, a Somali Police officer at the scene confirmed to GO that a auto packed with explosives was detonated at a busy security checkpoint near the National Theatre in Mogadishu.

In the attack's aftermath local media reported that at least five people had been killed in the attack and a further ten injured. "There are casualties but we don't have details yet", police officer Mohamed Adan said. Ahmed Ibrahim. The blast was caused by an explosive-laden vehicle about 150 meters from the entrance of Villa Somalia, the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Ibrahim said.

Mogadishu is subject to frequent attacks as Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked terror group, seeks to turn the country into a fundamentalist Islamic state. However, in the immediate aftermath of Tuesday's attack it remained unclear who was responsible.

Al Shabaab has been able to carry out deadly bombings despite losing most of its territory to African Union peacekeepers supporting the Somali government. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has promised al Shabaab's fighters "a good life" if they surrender.

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