17 February 2013

Somalia: Car Bomb Kills One in Mogadishu

Photo: Stuart Price/UN Multimedia
A scene from Lido Beach in Mogadishu (file photo).

A suicide car bomb went off near a popular restaurant in Mogadishu's Lido Beach on Saturday (February 16th), killing at least one person, AFP reported.

"We have reports that one person was killed and another was injured in the blast," said police officer Hussein Ali. "The car was laden with explosives and set off in the parking area ... It was a huge blast."

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but al-Shabaab has launched a series of guerrilla-style attacks in Mogadishu in recent months.

On Sunday, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Somalia Mahamat Annadif condemned the attack, UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan reported.

"Such attacks demonstrate that the terrorists do not care about the welfare of ordinary Somalis," he said. "The African Union Mission in Somalia, on the other hand, is committed to helping the Somali national security forces improve security for the country's citizens."

Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon also condemned the attack, saying, "Terrorists will fail in their efforts to de-stabilise Somalia."

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