Conflict & Justice

Twin bombings in Mogadishu kill Somali soldiers


A Somali man rides his scooter past soldiers of the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in the northern part of Mogadishu on August 17, 2011. The neighborhood was recently taken over by TFG forces and soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) after radical Islamist militants belonging to the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabaab group pulled out of the city.


Roberto Schmidt

At least five people have been killed and six others injured in two bomb blasts in Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu.

A bomb planted under a tree in the north of the city went off Saturday in the capital’s sprawling Bakara market, where Somali police were overseeing the demolition of illegal kiosks and businesses.

Police officer Mohamed Aden told the Associated Press that the explosion killed one person and injured six others.

In a separate attack, a roadside bomb planted under a tree in Mogadishu’s northern Karan district killed at least three Somali government soldiers and one pedestrian, security officials told the BBC.

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No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the radical Islamist militia Al Shabaab has launched similar acts of violence in Mogadishu since pulling out of the capital last year in a bid to consolidate its control over other parts of Somalia.

In March a suicide bomber killed at least five people in an attack at Mogadishu’s presidential palace, while in April four people died after a female suicide attacker blew herself up during an address in the capital by Somalia’s Prime Minister, the Agence France Presse reports.

Earlier this month a mortar shell was fired into a crowded neighbourhood of the city, killing seven civilians, including two children. 

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