Car bomb kills two people in Mogadishu
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.