Car bomb in Mogadishu kills a Somali MP, Al-Shabaab claims responsibility
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Somali Member of Parliament Isaak Mohamed better known as ‘Rino’ was killed in Mogadishu’s Hamarweyne district when his car exploded. He was accompanied by another member of parliament who’s current state remains unknown, but is said to be injured.
The explosion came as a result of an explosive device that was fitted to his car according to numerous sources. His car detonated as he was driving through the Hamarweyne district close by the Salaama Bank.
Eyewitness and passerby’s who witnessed the explosion and aftermath reported that initially they suspected that somebody detonated himself. “I was sitting at a tea shop nearby the scene, I heard a loud explosion. People were fleeing in all directions. Moments later I saw a crowd gathering at the scene and we found two men, one of them killed & the other badly wounded” said Muridi Mohamed, who lives around the area.
The attack was immediately claimed by the Al-Shabaab Islamist organization, who claimed the MP “was aiding the occupation of the country”. Al-Shabaab have previously used such tactics which may also have led to the death of MP Mohamed Warsame who was killed on December 6th last year, after an explosive device was also fitted to his car and detonated inside the presidential palace, although Al-Shabaab didn’t claim responsibility.
The attack comes at a time where a security conference is being held in Mogadishu for the past two days which has been accompanied by increased violence by Al-Shabaab militants who have been attacking the past three nights districts such as Huriwa.