REPORTS FROM THE
dies in Mogadishu blast
bomb killed the criminal who was planting it to
kill and maim innocent people, but he was killed
SAID police spokesman Abdulahi Hassan Barise
(Xinhua) -- A roadside bomb explosion in
the Somali capital Mogadishu killed suspected Al-Shabaab
militant after being planted at a main street of the
city, police and witnesses said Thursday.
"The bomb killed the criminal
who was planting it to kill and maim innocent
people, but he was killed instead," Abdulahi
Hassan Barise, police spokesman, told reporters at
the scene of the blast.
The street hit by the blast is a
main road leading to the usually busy key K4
junction, where are concentrated schools and
"It is fortunate that today
schools and most universities are closed at this
time of the week, but if it was another day, it
would have caused a lot of causalities," Daahir
Yusuf, a resident in the area, told Xinhua.
The explosion comes days after
concerted attacks by Al-Qaida linked Al-Shabaab
against the regional court in Mogadishu and along the
main airport, killing more than 40 people including 9
Al-Shabaab vows to continue attacks on
the Somali government and the African Union
peacekeeping troops in Somalia (AMISOM).
Somali President Hassan Sheikh
Mohamnoud this week ordered the review of security
around key government installations, after a series
of attacks rocked the city.
No group has so far claimed
responsibility for the latest attempted attack.
Al-Shabaab has occasionally attempted
bomb attacks in Mogadishu in a bid to demonstrate its
presence after losing ground to AMISOM in August 2011.
The attacks are considered separate as
the city is regaining law and order after years of
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