3 May 2014

Somalia: Ied Blast in Mogadishu Kills Official

At least 7 civilians were killed and several others injured when a car bomb blasted in Mogadishu at noon on Saturday. The explosion occurred near the Kilometer 4 (KM4) intersection, one of the busiest junctions in Mogadishu.

Initial reports indicated that explosive devices were planted near the main road of KM4 and that the remote-controlled IED detonated as the vehicle of former secretary of the Benadir Regional Administration passed by.

Abdulkafi Hilowle Osman, the former secretary of the previous administration was instantly killed along with 4 of his privately-hired bodyguards. The effects of the blast also resulted in the death of 2 ordinary citizens that were near the scene of the explosion. Up to 6 people including guards and civilians sustained severe injuries.

Somali government troops including the police force and National Intelligence & Security Agency arrived near the KM4 intersection and cordoned off the scene. Much delayed ambulances arrived soon after and rushed the wounded to hospitals.

"I heard the sickening sound of a loud explosion and then rushed to the scene to find countless numbers of bodies on the ground." Said Ahmed Ibrahim, a police officer said

It was only this morning when a car belonging to Abdullahi Ahmed Onko, a Somali legislator exploded in Hamarweyne district of Mogadishu that did not cause any casualties or losses.

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