Roadside explosion in Mogadishu claims four lives
Charles Nwoke, Mogadishu, Somalia
April 1, 2021
No fewer than four persons were reportedly killed and three others injured on Monday when a roadside bomb detonated in the Somali capital Mogadishu, eyewitnesses and government authorities said.
A Local Government Administrator and the secretary of Deyniile district in Mogadishu, Mahad Shirlaawe, revealed that the attack was targeting his vehicle but instead killed vendors selling their goods on the roadside.
He said, “God saved us from tragedy, but innocent civilians who had businesses around here were killed. Four people died and several others were injured, some seriously.
“We were heading to our offices when a huge blast shocked us.”
Shirlaawe blamed Al-Shabaab militants for the attack, though the Islamic terrorist group has not made a formal claim of responsibility.
According to a source, Saleban Ali, a mother with a young child was among those killed in the attack.
“It was horrible… she was selling clothing at a shop along the road where the blast occurred. She died instantly after shrapnel hit her in the head.”
Another source who spoke with AFP, Mohamednur Adan, said he saw a young infant near the body of the woman.
“The authorities took her along with the dead body of her mother. It was a really shocking incident,” he said.
Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, is regularly targeted for attacks by the Islamist insurgents who have been waging war, seeking to remove the internationally-backed government in Somalia.
Earlier this month, 10 persons were killed when a rickshaw loaded with explosives was detonated at a popular eatery in the capital, which Al-Shabaab terrorist organization, claimed responsibility for the attack.
In 2011, the Islamic extremists were chased out of Mogadishu, but still, control some of the territories from where they strategize and launch incessant deadly strikes and attacks against government and civilian targets.