Another bomb blast in Somalia

Mogadishu - A car bomb exploded on Monday outside restaurant packed with lunchtime customers in the Somali capital of Mogadishu killing at least five people, said witnesses.

The restaurant in the capital's Hamarweyne district is close to the municipal government headquarters and in a busy commercial area.

Mohammed Mahdi said he saw at least five people covered in blood outside the headquarters, while shopkeeper Yusuf Ali said the car bomb exploded while the area was filled with shoppers.

Al-Shabaab, which has ties with al-Qaeda, has been carrying out a campaign of deadly violence targeting government officials and international troops, as well as hotels and restaurants in the capital.

Neighbouring Kenya, which has sent troops to fight the Islamic extremists in Somalia, has also been repeatedly attacked by al-Shabaab.

The attack came as the Somali government announced the execution of a former journalist linked to al-Shabaab on charges of killing five other journalists.

Journalists are also frequently targeted in Somalia and it is one of the most dangerous countries for media workers. At least 18 journalists were killed last year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

It's not entirely clear who has been killing journalists. Al-Shabaab rebels, warlords, criminals, and even government agents all could have reasons to see journalists killed in Somalia.

Hassan Hanafi Haji was executed by firing squad at the Mogadishu police academy after being extradited from Kenya.

Haji was a liaison officer with al-Shabaab and known for threatening journalists for not reporting in favour of the extremist group. Haji later led al-Shabaab's media unit, inviting journalists to press conferences and giving them tours of battlefields.

Haji was one of the few prosecuted by the government following years of criticism by rights groups who urged authorities to do more to establish the rule of law and end the killings of journalists.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Children between 12 and 17 can now be vaccinated against Covid-19. As a parent I am:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Relieved, it's been a long wait to this point
50% - 2867 votes
A bit hesitant, and will wait to see how it goes
21% - 1183 votes
Completely against my child getting the shot
29% - 1632 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.85
-1.2%
Rand - Pound
20.48
+0.1%
Rand - Euro
17.30
+0.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.09
+0.0%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+0.0%
Gold
1,793.05
0.0%
Silver
24.33
0.0%
Palladium
2,023.00
0.0%
Platinum
1,043.50
0.0%
Brent Crude
85.53
+1.1%
Top 40
60,525
+1.7%
All Share
67,051
+1.5%
Resource 10
62,969
+2.5%
Industrial 25
86,659
+1.4%
Financial 15
13,849
+0.2%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE