A suicide car bomb that exploded near parliament building in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu has killed at least 20 people according to Somali news outlets.
“A car bomb rammed into a security checkpoint close to the parliament house. There are casualties both death and injuries, but I cannot give you a specific number now as an emergency operation to assist the wounded and secure the area is underway,” Abdifitah Omar Halane, a spokesman for the Mogadishu regional administration told VOA.
“The suicide bomber was apparently targeting a security convoy which returned from a routine city night patrol,” said polic officer Aden Mohamed Hassan who was one of the first to respond to the scene.
He also said he saw the dead bodies of two soldiers, a suspected suicide bomber and at least six wounded government soldiers.
Al-Shabaab’s radio station Andalus said a suicide car bomb had been driven by “a mujahid” into Sayidka junction “where a convoy of the apostate government security forces were passing.”
Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman told Reuters the group had killed 17 soldiers and injured more than 30 others in the attack.