4 killed in car bomb at­tack in So­ma­lia

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

MO­GADISHU, So­ma­lia (AP) — Four people were killed when a car laden with ex­plo­sives blew up near the par­lia­men­tary build­ing in the So­mali cap­i­tal, Mo­gadishu, a po­lice of­fi­cial said Satur­day.

The So­mali ter­ror group al-Shabab claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the bomb­ing. Capt. Mo­hammed Hus­sein said the car ex­ploded at a check­point where it had been stopped by So­mali troops. The dead were soldiers and refugees from an in­ter­nal refugee camp near the check point, Hussien said.

He said So­mali troops had or­dered the driver of the car out the ve­hi­cle for a search when he det­o­nated the ex­plo­sives.

Seven chil­dren from the camp were wounded in the at­tack. Al-Shabab did not say the tar­get of the car bomber but alShabab has launched a cam­paign of at­tacks against So­mali parliamentarians. So­mali leg­is­la­tors were hold­ing a meet­ing at the par­lia­ment at the time of the at­tack.

Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab said it was re­spon­si­ble for the killing of a So­mali law­maker and his body­guard in a drive-by shoot­ing ear­lier this week.

The tar­get­ing of mem­bers of par­lia­ment ap­pears to be a new strat­egy for al-Shabab. The par­lia­ment is seen as an emerg­ing pil­lar of democ­racy in the war-rav­aged Horn of Africa na­tion.

Al-Shabab mil­i­tants have pre­vi­ously car­ried out at­tacks against United Na­tions staff, govern­ment of­fi­cials and African Union peace­keep­ers.

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