MOGADISHU, Somalia — A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a checkpoint near the presidential palace in Mogadishu on Tuesday morning, the latest in a string of attacks in the Somali capital, police said.
Major Ahmed Ibrahim, a police officer, told ArmedPolitics by phone from Mogadishu that at least five people were killed, and dozens more, including a female lawmaker, were wounded and taken to hospital for medical treatment.
The truck-bomb explosion was followed by heavy gunfire, with reports that there was no attempt at a siege, nor did fighters enter the building of the SYL Hotel which is frequented by Somali government ministers and diaspora.
Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Musab, the militant group’s spokesman for the terror operations.
Developing story, more to follow soon.
By Omar Nor, ArmedPolitics