Three killed in suicide car bomb near Somalia’s parliament

A suicide car bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint near Somalia’s parliament and interior ministry in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, and the city’s ambulance service said three people had been killed.

Nur Mohamed, a Mogadishu police officer, told reporters that the bomb went off at the heavily guarded Sayidka checkpoint, reports Reuters.

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Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin ambulances, the city’s sole rescue service, said three people had been killed, excluding the bomber, and one injured. A photographer at the scene saw ruined cars and three-wheeled scooters overturned by the force of the blast.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militant group frequently carries out bombings and other attacks in Mogadishu in a campaign to topple Somalia’s Western-backed federal government. At least 14 people were killed on Thursday when al Shabaab set off a bomb outside a busy Mogadishu hotel.

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