Two explosions rock Somalian cities; 4 dead, several injured

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Jul 04, 2020, 06.23 PM(IST)

Somalia bomb blast. Representative image Photograph:( Reuters )

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Five policemen have also been injured in the blasts, informed Sadik Aden Ali, spokesman for Somalia's police force.

Two Somalian cities had explosions on Saturday, one in Mogadishu and the second one in Baidoa. The explosions have left several people wounded and at least four people dead.

Officials said a suicide car bomber detonated near the port in Mogadishu. The bomb detonated near the gates of the motor vehicle imports duty authority headquarters. The bomber sped through the first security checkpoint before police officers opened fire at the vehicle which exploded outside the gates, Ismail Mukhtar, spokesman for Somalia's information ministry.

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Another blast followed at a land mine in a restaurant on the outskirts of Baidoa while miners were dining during the rush hours.

Ali Abdullahi, an official with the Southwestern regional state, informed the media that the blast in Baidoa was detonated through a remote control during the rush hour. Several other people are wounded, he said.

While no group has claimed responsibility yet for the attacks, experts believe that this might be another attack by the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group, as the group has targeted the city in the past too.

Five policemen have also been injured in the blasts, informed Sadik Aden Ali, spokesman for Somalia's police force.