Three killed in car bombings, gun attack in Somali capital

Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – At least three people were killed in car bombings and gun attack near Somalia’s Presidential Palace in Mogadishu late Friday, according to media reports from city

Eyewitnesses have confirmed that the first blast occurred at a main security checkpoint at the Parliament building, close to the entrance of the Palace, Villa Somalia, allowing another vehicle carrying armed militants to pass through.

Minutes later, the reports said, another explosion was heard and followed by sustained gunfire as about four militants were trying to storm the heavily fortified Presidential compound.

According to witnesses, quoted by Garowe Online, in the aftermath of the blasts, a huge plume of white and black smoke billowed to the sky as ambulances rushed to the scene and transported the wounded to nearby hospitals.

Unconfirmed reports said four militants were involved in the attack; some of them have been shot dead.

The Somalia-based Al Qaeda-affiliated insurgent group Al-Shabaab quickly claimed responsibility for the attack which came hours after Somali Security ministry warned an explosives-filled vehicle was in the city.
-0- PANA AR 23Feb2018

23 february 2018 18:37:53

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