Two killed in Somalia car blast targeting security official

At least two people were killed and two others injured on Friday in a car explosion in Somali capital Mogadishu, police said.

The explosion, which the police say may have been targeting a security official who owned the car that took place in Al Kamin junction in Mogadishu, killed two occupants of the car, but the security official was not present at the time.

“Two occupants of the car died instantly and two others have been rushed to a nearby hospital. The bomb may have been remotely detonated, but the police are investigating the matter,” said Area Deputy District Commissioner Mohamed Deeq Ali.

No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion, but the militant group Al-Shabaab has in many occasions used car explosions and drive-by shootings targeting government officials.

The explosion comes a day after mortar barrages landed at the presidential palace in Mogadishu, but no casualties were reported.