Suicide bombing kills 4 in Somali capital

At least four people have been killed and more than 10 others injured after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest in a tea shop outside an army training center in Wadajir district in Mogadishu, police said.

Police said the suicide bomber entered the tea shop, pretended to be a customer and sat down to drink tea. Moments later, the bomber explodes.

Police spokesman Major Abdifatah Aden said the suicide bomber deliberately targeted customers at the tea shop. Fourteen people were injured in the blast, and four of them succumbed to their injuries after being evacuated from the scene, Aden said.

The militant group al-Shabab immediately claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack.

The explosion caused major damage to the tea room, which was made of corrugated iron.

A second explosion occurred about two hours after the first, in the same neighborhood, police said. This latest attack came from a device attached to a vehicle owned by a private company, and no casualties were reported, police said.

On Sunday, Somali government spokesman and former journalist Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu was seriously injured when a suicide bomber ran to his car and detonated an explosive vest.

Moalimuu’s hand and leg were injured by shrapnel from the aircraft. He has since been flown to Turkey for treatment.