Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Car bomb blast hits Somali capital, 1 injured

 A car loaded with explosives has exploded on Wednesday in the heart of Somalia’s war-torn capital, Mogadishu, wounding a passerby civilian, Eyewitnesses and police officials said.

The bomb which was parked along a road side exploded in the busy Maka Al-Mukarama road, especially Hajji Basto garage that from KM4 intersection and leads to the presidential palace. Police cordoned off the area, after they had become suspicious of the parked car.

Mohammed Mohamud Garar, the police chief of KM4 area told reporters at the site of explosion that Security forces foiled a car bomb attack planned to target Somali government convoys passing in the road.

He said police cordoned off the vicinity after the blast and arrested four suspects over the attack and taken into custody.

Ahmed Mayre Makaran, the district commissioner of Waberi for Somali government stated, “car bomb attack intended to kill and sabotage the innocent civilians in Mogadishu.”

No group immediately claimed responsibility for Wednesday's blast, but it comes just a day after Al-shabab said Mogadishu is a frontline zone and the group will carry out more deadly attacks against TFG and AMISOM bases in the capital.

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