Car bomb kills 3 at traffic checkpoint near Somali capital

Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – At least three people were killed, including a suicide bomber who detonated an explosive-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint near Mogadishu, the Somali capital, on Thursday, a local online news service reported, quoting a police officer.

“Several other people were injured and taken to medical facilities in the city for treatment,” Capt. Ahmed Hassan confirmed, adding that the death toll is expected to rise as some of the wounded are in critical condition.

Hassan explained that the car bomb went off as the security forces were searching vehicles at the checkpoint in Siinka Dheer area, about 15km northwest of Mogadishu.

Al-Qaeda linked Islamic extremist group, Al-Shabaab, according to Garowe Online, immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it has killed and wounded more than 20 Somali Intelligence soldiers.

The Federal Government of Somalia is yet to comment on the attack, which is the latest in a spate of terror attacks in Mogadishu by the extremist group.

Last Friday, at least 45 people were killed and scores injured in twin car bombings targeting the Presidential Palace and the Somali intelligence agency NISA headquarters.
-0- PANA AR/VAO 1March2018

01 Março 2018 15:47:02

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