Car bomb explodes in Mogadishu, 7 dead
18 March 2013, 16:28
Mogadishu - An explosives-laden car that apparently was
targeting a truck full of Somali government officials instead hit a civilian
car and exploded, setting a nearby mini-bus on fire and killing at least seven
people Monday, police and witnesses said.
Flames and smoke rose over the explosion as emergency
vehicles drove to the scene. The blast happened close to the Somali
Mohamed Abdi, a police officer who was injured in the blast,
said it appeared that the target of the attack was a truck of Somali
intelligence officials. Abdi Mohamud Aden, a Somali police captain, said at
least seven people were killed and 10 wounded. He said that number could rise.
A journalist who was wounded in the blast while sitting in a
nearby restaurant said several people inside the restaurant were injured.
The militant group al-Shabaab has continued to carry out
terror attacks in Somalia's capital since being pushed out of Mogadishu in late
2011. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.