Somalia car bomb kills five

AT LEAST five people were killed and 11 others wounded in a car bomb explosion near the Somali Parliament building in the country’s capital Mogadishu this Wednesday.
Government spokesman Ismael Mukhtar Omar said an al-Shabab suicide bomber drove a car laden with explosives into the Sayidka junction, a checkpoint where vehicles line up for security search, during rush hour.
Security officials said the suicide bomber was trying to pass through the checkpoint but detonated the explosive device when he was unable to do so.
A police official, Adan Abdullahi says the bombing was a suicide car explosion that targeted a security checkpoint.
“Explosives were packed in a vehicle which the security forces think was trying to pass through the checkpoint but because he could not do that, the suicide bomber detonated it,” said Abdullahi.
He added that ambulances and security officials rushed to the scene and four wounded persons were taken to hospitals for treatment.
Al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-allied militant group, claimed responsibility for that attack, saying it targeted the heavily guarded checkpoint at the entrance of the presidential palace.
Lawmakers also use the same checkpoint to enter the nearby parliament building and the presidential palace.
At least 85 people, including two Turkish nationals, were killed and more than 150 others wounded in a truck explosion in the Somali capital Mogadishu on the 28th of last month.
-Xinhua-