4 killed in car bomb attack in Somalia
Four people were killed when a car laden with explosives blew up near the parliamentary building in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, a police official said yesterday.
The Somali terrorism group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the bombing. Capt. Mohammed Hussein said the car exploded at a checkpoint where it had been stopped by Somali troops. The dead were soldiers and refugees from an internal refugee camp near the check point, Hussien said.
He said Somali troops had ordered the driver of the car out of the vehicle for a search when he detonated the explosives.
Seven children from the camp were wounded in the attack. Al-Shabab did not say the target of the car bomber but al-Shabab has launched a campaign of attacks against Somali parliamentarians. Somali legislators were holding a meeting at the parliament at the time of the attack.
Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab said it was responsible for the killing of a Somali lawmaker and his bodyguard in a drive-by shooting earlier this week.
The targeting of members of parliament appears to be a new strategy for al-Shabab.
Al-Shabab militants have previously carried out attacks against United Nations staff, government officials and African Union peacekeepers.
The terrorism group has launch attacks on neighboring countries, including Kenya and Uganda, which have sent troops to Somalia to bolster the country’s weak U.N.-backed government from al-Shabab’s insurgency.