Car bomb injures 4 in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU –  At least four people including two soldiers were injured on Monday in a car bomb explosion in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

The blast detonated from a car laden with explosives parked near Mubarak hotel on Maka Al Mukarama road in the capital, witness Hassan Hussein told The Messenger Africa.

“I heard a huge explosion as I was shopping, but when I arrived at the scene, I saw 4 people including 2 soldiers wounded in the blast,” Hussein said.

The spokesman of Somalia’s security ministry, Ahmed Mohamud Mohamed told journalists that the blast wounded four people, shortly after security soldiers suspected the vehicle and seized it.

“Four people including two soldiers were injured in the explosion near the hotel – our soldiers seized the vehicle but minutes afterward it detonated,” he said.

The victims were rushed to hospital in the capital.

No group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s explosion, but the armed group of Al Shabaab carried out similar attacks in the capital in the past months.

Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia