July 28, 2013

Bomb blast kills two in Mogadishu

A powerful bomb explosion has rocked a building housing Turkish Embassy staff in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, leaving at least two people dead and several others injured, security sources say.
Somalia government soldiers secure the scene of a bomb attack. (File photo)
Somalia government soldiers secure the scene of a bomb attack. (File photo)

The casualties come after a car loaded with explosives rammed into the gates of an office housing Turkish Embassy staff in the Somali capital.

“A suicide car bomb targeted a building housing Turkish Embassy workers near k4 Kilometer Four). So far two people dead,” Reuters quoted a police officer as saying.
The attack comes weeks after 15 people were killed in an attack on the main UN compound in the Somali capital. Local security officials said the bomber blew up explosives at the entrance gate of the UN Development Program (UNDP) office on June 19, 2013

Somalia’s local al-Shabab fighters often claim responsibility for deadly attacks. The Somali capital has been the scene of frequent attacks since fighters were driven out of the city two years ago.

The al-Shabab group has vowed to topple President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who took office in September 2012 after being chosen by the country’s new parliament.

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