Somalia: Two dead, 4 injured in grenade explosion in Mogadishu

Bakara Market (Mohamed Amin Jibril/IRIN)

MOGADISHU – At least two people were killed and four others wounded on Sunday in an explosion in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

The blast went off when a grenade was hurled into a crowd of women and men who were cleaning rubbish from Bakara market in the capital, according to clothes seller Mohamud Mohamed said.

“They were innocent poor mothers or sisters,” Mohamed told The Messenger Africa by phone, adding that the assailants had escaped from the crime scene.

The victims were participating in a program that allows women and women to work as street cleaners in the capital city of Mogadishu, according to policeman Nour Osman.

Osman says a government soldier who was guarding street cleaners had also been killed in the explosion. “We have evacuated all victims into Madina hospital for medical treatment,” he added.

No group has claimed the responsibility for Sunday’s explosion.

Meantime, the Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group claimed to have killed at least three Kenyan soldiers on Saturday night in an attack on their base near Afmadow town in Somalia’s middle Juba region.

The group says on its website that a number of fighters launched mortar shells on the army base in Tabta area, adding that the militants clashed with Kenyan soldiers serving under African Union mission.

There was no response from Kenyan officials over the claims made by Al Shabaab in Somalia.

In another incident on Saturday, three people were killed and six others wounded when a roadside explosion hit a minibus carrying civilians near Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

The explosion went off near the Shabelle army checkpoint as the minivan full of passengers was heading to Mogadishu, said a witness. No group claimed responsibility for the explosion but Al Shabaab militants previously had claimed similar attacks in and out of the capital of Mogadishu.


Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare