Car Bomb Kills Two People at Somalia Shopping Mall

MOGADISHU (Reuters) -
A member of the Somali security forces walks through the scene of an explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday. (Reuters/Feisal Omar)

A car bomb exploded at a shopping mall in Somalia’s capital on Monday, killing two people and injuring four others in an attack probably by Islamist group al Shabaab, police said.

The blast occurred in Mogadishu’s Hamarweyne district, a busy area with shops and restaurants.

“So far, we know two civilians died and four others were injured. It was a car bomb that exploded in front of a Mogadishu shopping mall,” a police officer, Mohamed Hussein, told Reuters.

The number of casualties may rise, he said.

A Reuters witness saw one dead person at the scene, where four cars burned and a restaurant was destroyed.

Al Shabaab frequently carries out bombings in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia directed against government and other targets.

The group is trying to remove the Western-backed central government and establish its own rule based on its strict interpretation of sharia law.

Al Shabaab’s terrorists also carry out attacks outside Somalia, especially in Kenya to pressure it to withdraw troops who form part of an African peacekeeping force that helps defend the central government.

Its latest assault in Kenya last month, a suicide and gun attack at an office and hotel complex in the capital Nairobi, killed 21 people.