Somalia: 4 injured as blast hits MP’s vehicle in Mogadishu

A view of Mogadishu in 2013 looking towards the city centre and central business district (Credit: AMISOM)

MOGADISHU – A roadside bomb targeting a vehicle carrying Somalia lawmaker Mohamud Abukate has exploded wounding at least 4 people in Mogadishu.

The federal MP Mohamud survived Friday’s explosion that detonated at Taleh road in city’s Hodan district, injuring three of Mohamud’s security guards and a little girl, a freelance journalist, Mostaf Abdi Abshir said.

“It was an improvised explosive device (IED) that was planted on the roadside — I saw three soldiers who were taken from the scene of the blast,” Abshir told The Messenger Africa by phone.

The wounded soldiers and the young girl were taken to hospital for medical treatment, according to Abishir.

A policeman in Hodan district, Farah Hersi Gelle confirmed to The Messenger Africa that the blast wounded at least three of the MP’s guards, adding that his vehicle was partially damaged by the explosion.

“The legislator Mohamed is safe but his guards were wounded in the blast that was meant to kill him. We started an investigation relating to the explosion,” Gelle said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday’s explosion in Mogadishu, but the armed group Al Shabaab often carries out such attacks in the capital.


By Abdrizak Mohamud Tuuryare