Car bomb kills two peo­ple in Mogadishu

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

MOGADISHU, So­ma­lia — At least two peo­ple were killed in an ap­par­ent car bomb blast on a ma­jor street in So­ma­lia’s cap­i­tal Fri­day evening, po­lice said.

Hours ear­lier, the U.S. mil­i­tary con­firmed that a re­cent airstrike had killed a high-level al-Shabab ex­trem­ist com­man­der blamed for deadly at­tacks in Mogadishu.

Capt. Mo­hamed Hus­sein said the blast oc­curred on Maka Al­mukar­ramah road in Mogadishu and the two vic­tims were pedes­tri­ans. The ex­act tar­get was un­known.

Five other peo­ple were in­jured, Hus­sein said, adding that se­cu­rity forces had been on high alert af­ter tipoffs of a pos­si­ble at­tack by the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab. Most of Mogadishu’s main roads were blocked and cars were be­ing searched by sol­diers be­fore the blast.

The U.S. mil­i­tary ear­lier Fri­day con­firmed that alShabab com­man­der Ali Mo­hamed Hus­sein had been killed in an airstrike last week­end in south­ern So­ma­lia.

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