Somalia: 8 killed, 25 wounded in Mogadishu bombings 5 May 5, 2013 - 5:44:02 AM
MOGADISHU, Somalia May 5, 2013 (Garowe Online)
- At least 8 persons were killed and other 25 others wounded in two separate bombings Mogadishu on Sunday, Garowe Online reports.
The bombings occurred one day after Mogadishu’s main roads were reopened after a four-day closure by Somali government forces, due to a high level security alert regarding car bombings, security sources tell Garowe Online.
A suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of government vehicles at Mogadishu’s busy KM4 junction. BBC Somali Service reported that 8 persons were killed when the suicide car bomber struck a convoy of government vehicles transporting a Qatar aid delegation.
A Somali police official who survived the bombing, Gen. Garaad Nur, confirmed that death toll, adding that the Qatari aid delegation survived the bombing, which damaged the convoy of government vehicles. Gen. Nur stated that Somali Interior Minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled was not travelling with the Qatari delegation, but the heavy explosion damaged the Minister’s vehicle.
Medina Hospital staff told reporters in Mogadishu that another 20 persons, including four critically wounded civilians, were wounded in the explosion.
In a separate incident, a roadside bomb struck the vehicle of Somali government forces in Mogadishu’s Dayniile district. At least 5 soldiers were wounded in the roadside explosions, witnesses reported.
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who attended an event in Dayniile, condemned the bombings.
“The terrorists targeted humanitarian aid workers [from Qatar] and we strongly condemn this act of terrorism,” said President Hassan. “Unfortunately, innocent Somali citizens were killed in the bombing and we send our condolences to the families.”
Al Shabaab militants, who have been fighting a bloody insurgency to topple Somalia’s government since 2007, claimed responsibility for the bombings.
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