Truck bomb explodes near Somali presidential palace

Truck bomb explodes near Somali presidential palace

"Security forces tried to stop the bomber who used back roads before he sped through checkpoints near the presidential palace and detonated the bomb", said Col. Ali Nur, a police officer.

Somalia-based Al-Shabaab terror group, which repeatedly staged similar attacks on government buildings and officials, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police added that 10 others were wounded.

A witness near the site of the explosion described seeing a huge blast.

The blast also caused damage to nearby hotels often frequented by government officials and business executives.

The organisation, which has links to al-Qaeda, wants to topple the Western-backed government in Mogadishu and expel the 22,000-strong African Union AMISOM peace keeping force.

Reuters informants stated that gunshots were heard after the blast and a big screen of smoke was seen above the president's palace, which was outside were the remaining of the auto and shattered blood.

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On August 21, a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the main gate of a government building, and a second auto bomber struck minutes later as people gathered to help the wounded, authorities said.

"The vehicle exploded when the soldiers fired on the speedy auto".

An injured person is carried to safety after an al-Shabaab attack on a United Nations compound in Mogadishu.

Military officer Major Bile Farah said a soldier and two al Shabaab fighters were killed in the attack in K-50 and Muri in Lower Shabelle region.

Al-Shabaab attacks, particularly suicide bombings, have been on the rise.

The jihadists have also staged repeated attacks in neighbouring Kenya and a recent security analysis warned the group was expanding its horizons with cells active in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda as well as Somalia.