14 December 2012

Somalia: One Dead, Seven Injured After Suicide Car Bomb in Mogadishu Busy Avenue

Mogadishu, Somalia — A suicide bomber injured 3 after he parked a car full of explosives and detonated on a busy avenue in downtown Mogadishu on Friday, Garowe Online reports.

At least 7 civilians were injured and only the suicide bomber was killed in the explosion on the busy Makka Al Mukaramah road.

According to some reports from Mogadishu, two people were in the vehicle minutes before it exploded and that one person's body was found in the vehicle when it was detonated.

Federal Government officials did not confirm those reports, but stated that they are currently investigating every lead.

"At this moment we have the license plates of the vehicle and we are tracking down the owner of the vehicle," said police spokesman Gen. Abdullahi Hassan Barise.

The spokesman did allege that the Al Shabaab were behind the Friday attack.

According to local sources, there were many bodies' scattered in the large explosion that caused damage to the buildings nearby.

Al Shabaab was weakened by a Somali and African Union backed offensive, but remaining terror cells have infiltrated many cities in Somalia.

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