Blast hits presidential checkpoint in the Somali capital, Mogadishu

A powerful deadly blast has hit the main checkpoint of Somalia’s presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu on Wednesday killing several soldiers and wound almost ten.

An al-Qaida-affiliated group known as Alshabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack. Vehicles were tossed into the air by the explosion and huge plumes of black smoke were seen billowing into the sky above the city.

Details are still sketchy but initial reports reveal that several government officials and soldiers were killed in the blast.

The targeted checkpoint lies at the entrance of the heavily fortified presidential palace and it remains mysterious how Alshabaab manages launching frequent attacks on such presidential checkpoints.

The powerful group has carried out chains of deadly attacks and car bombs against the Somali government and the foreign forces in the country.

Wednesday, August 9, 2020

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