Car bomb kills five sol­diers out­side So­mali palace

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How­ever, me­dia out­lets af­fil­i­ated to Abd Rab­buh Mansur Hadi, who has re­signed as Ye­men’s pres­i­dent, claimed 16 An­sarul­lah fight­ers and seven pro-Hadi mil­i­tants were killed in the clashes in Ta’izz.

Saudi Ara­bia has pounded Ye­men al­most daily since March 2015. The of­fen­sive was launched to re­store Hadi — a Saudi ally — to power.

In re­tal­i­a­tion for the Saudi as­saults, the Ye­meni army also fired a Qa­her 1 bal­lis­tic mis­sile at the Abha re­gional air­port in the Saudi re­gion of Asir early on Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to Ye­men’s al-Masirah web­site.

How­ever, the Ye­men 24 news web­site cited the Saudi de­fence min­istry as claim­ing that the army in­ter­cepted the mis­sile. — PressTV. MOGADISHU — A car bomb claimed by al Shabaab Is­lamist mil­i­tants killed five sol­diers out­side the pres­i­dent’s palace in the So­mali cap­i­tal of Mogadishu and badly dam­aged two nearby ho­tels, po­lice said.

Reuters wit­nesses said gun­fire could be heard af­ter the ex­plo­sion and a huge cloud of smoke could be seen above the pres­i­dent’s palace, out­side which were the rem­nants of the car and splat­tered blood.

“A sui­cide car bomb ex­ploded out­side the pres­i­den­tial palace. So far two ho­tels op­po­site the palace are par­tially de­stroyed,” po­lice of­fi­cer Ma­jor Mo­hamed Ali told Reuters by phone.

Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for sev­eral re­cent ex­plo­sions in Mogadishu, in­clud­ing a car bomb and gun at­tack last week at a pop­u­lar beach res­tau­rant in the cap­i­tal that killed 10 peo­ple.

“So far we know five gov­ern­ment sol­diers died in the blast. It ex­ploded out­side the SYL ho­tel which is also just at the check­point out­side the palace. We be­lieve the tar­get was SYL which is fre­quented by of­fi­cials. The death toll may rise,” po­lice of­fi­cer Colonel Ab­dikadir Hus­sein told Reuters.

Al Shabaab’s Ra­dio An­daluz said that the group was be­hind the at­tack.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, al Shabaab fight­ers at­tacked mil­i­tary bases hous­ing gov­ern­ment and African Union troops south west of the cap­i­tal Mogadishu late on Mon­day, po­lice and the group said on Tues­day.

Mil­i­tary of­fi­cer Ma­jor Bile Farah said a sol­dier and two al Shabaab fight­ers were killed in the at­tack in K-50 and Muri in Lower Sha­belle re­gion,

Al Shabaab’s mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions spokesman, Ab­di­a­sis Abu Musab, said the group’s fight­ers had killed 10 sol­diers and com­man­deered a ve­hi­cle from the So­mali gov­ern­ment sol­diers.

The mil­i­tants were pushed out of Mogadishu by the African Union peace­keep­ing force Amisom in 2011 but have re­mained a se­ri­ous threat, launch­ing fre­quent at­tacks aimed at over­throw­ing the gov­ern­ment.

Seek­ing to im­pose its own harsh form of Is­lam, al Shabaab has also launched at­tacks in Kenya and Uganda which have con­trib­uted troops to the 22 000-strong Amisom force. — Reuters.

A Ye­meni man walks past the ru­ins of a build­ing in Ye­men’s cap­i­tal, Sana’a, af­ter it was hit by a Saudi airstrike on Mon­day. AFP

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