Somalilandsun -Several people have been killed as a powerful suicide car bomb exploded near Somalia’s parliament on Saturday, reports the guardian
Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels claimed responsibility for the bombing, the latest in a surge of attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.
“A car loaded with explosives was intercepted near the parliament and it went off. There are casualties but we don’t have details so far,” a police official, Mohamed Idle, told AFP. He confirmed a suicide bomber was in the car.
Police and witnesses at the scene said as many as four were killed and many more wounded. Police spokesman Qasim Ahmed Roble said two policemen were among the dead.
Al-Shabaab, who have carried out frequent attacks against the parliament and other centres of Somalia’s fragile, internationally-backed government, said they were responsible and vowed their attacks would continue.
“We killed more than a dozen so-called police members after sacrificial attack at the main entrance of parliament buildings,” Abdulaziz Abu Musab, military spokesman of al-Shabaab, told AFP.
“We want to tell them that the MPs are not safe anywhere in Mogadishu. By the grace of Allah more attacks will come and continue.”
Last month, militants from teh group set off a car bomb at the gates of parliament and then stormed the building while MPs were meeting, in an attack that left several dead.
At the time a spokesman described the parliament as a “military zone” and a legitimate target. On, Thursday, al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for shooting dead a lawmaker and his bodyguard.