4 killed in car bomb attack in Somalia

2014-07-05 14:40
 Somali soldiers stand near the wreckage of a suicide car bomb near the Somali Parliament in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Farah Abdi Warsameh, AP)

Somali soldiers stand near the wreckage of a suicide car bomb near the Somali Parliament in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Farah Abdi Warsameh, AP)

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Mogadishu - A Somali police official says a car laden with explosives has exploded near the parliamentary building in Mogadishu, killing four people. The Somali terror group al- Shabaab claimed responsibility.

Captain Mohammed Hussein said the car exploded at a checkpoint where it had been stopped by Somali troops.

Al- Shabaab said it was responsible for the killing of a Somali lawmaker and his bodyguard in a drive-by shooting earlier this week.

The targeting of members of parliament appears to be a new strategy for al- Shabaab. The Parliament is seen as an emerging pillar of democracy in the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation.

Al- Shabaab militants have previously carried out attacks against United Nations staff, government officials and African Union peacekeepers.

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