Deadly vehicle bomb kills 4 people in Mogadishu

John Bolton

John Bolton

The road has been a target of attacks in the past by the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab, the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa. Some reports said that one person had been killed, along with the driver.

At least 4 people have been killed and several others injured when auto bomb explosion went off near Somalia's parliament building in Mogadishu.

The injured were rushed to hospitals for treatment, he said. "We killed ten people including soldiers and officers", he said.

A photographer at the scene saw ruined cars and three-wheeled scooters overturned by the force of the blast.

The auto bombings come three days after at least 14 people were killed and 10 others wounded in a vehicle bomb blast near the Weheliye hotel on the busy Makka Almukarramah road.

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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Mr Abdiasis Ali Ibrahim, spokesman for the internal security minister, confirmed the death toll to the state-run Radio Mogadishu.

Earlier Sunday, another auto bomb exploded close to a security checkpoint outside Mogadishu, killing the bomber and injuring a police officer. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Officer Mohamed Abdi told the AP that the earlier explosion that day had occurred after soldiers inspected another "suspicious" auto that was stuck on a road in the Siinka Dheer area.

Al Shabaab's military operation spokesman said his group had carried out the attack.

In October past year, Somalia suffered its deadliest-ever terrorist attack in which more than 500 people were killed in a truck bombing in a busy part of the city. But officials have said that Somali forces are not yet ready.