By NJ Correspondent:
More than 20 people have been killed and many others injured near Somalia’s Ministry of Defense in the capital Mogadishu.
A suicide bomber is believed to have detonated his car near a convoy carrying senior army officials in the city’s northern Deynile district, security officials say.
Several shops and food stalls near the Defense Ministry headquarters were damaged after the army vehicle ripped through a passenger bus.
According to eyewitness the suicide car bomber was targeting Somalia’s military chief Ahmed Mohamed Irfiid, who escaped the attack unhurt but at least five soldiers are feared dead.
Security officials said the death toll is likely to rise because of the number of serious injuries.
This barely came days after an explosion caused by a vehicle parked near a restaurant close to the Ministry of Homeland Security in central Mogadishu left seven people dead and dozens others wounded on Wednesday last week.
No group has immediately claimed the attack, although Al Shabaab militants are the likely suspects having claimed similar attacks in the past.
Al-Shabaab has been in decline since 2011, but still control some areas and launches regular, deadly attacks against government, military and civilian targets in the capital and elsewhere.