Somalia: Twin blasts hit the capital Mogadishu, kills 3


MOGADISHU, Somalia- At least 3 people were reported dead and 17 others wounded following twin explosions in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on yesterday evening, Garowe Online reports.

Banadir region Spokesman, Abdifatah Omar Halane, confirmed the blasts to the local media and stated that hand grenades were used to attack the tea-shop located at Tarabuunka intersection, which is frequented by government soldiers.

The Spokesman said the death toll could rise as some were critically injured from yesterday’s attacks.

According to residents, the explosions were heard from other parts the city, which happened at around 19:00 local time.

Following the blasts, security authorities have arrived the scene, carried out investigations and captured a score of suspects, who were transferred to the CID headquarters for further investigations, according to the official.

Police authorities have accused Al Qaida linked Al Shabaab group behind the attacks that targeted government soldiers.

The incident comes amid surge in terrorist attacks in Mogadishu city in the past weeks by the Al Shabaab group, who vowed to disrupt the ongoing Somali election in the country.

Somalia is preparing to hold elections of Speakers of the Lower and Upper Houses of Federal Parliament and new Somali President in January 2017.