Somalia Seeks Support to Feed Millions hit by Severe Drought
The attack becomes the second in two days and comes amid a political crisis in the country between the PM and the outgoing president Farmajo.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - A suicide car bomb exploded near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday, causing deaths and destroying dozens of vehicles.
Capt Mohamed Hussein, a police officer said the bomber tried to break through a checkpoint near the palace and detonated his explosives at El-Gaabta junction at around 11 am.
The exact number of casualties is still unknown. Footage from the scene shows burning vehicles and extensive damage on the buildings lined with the main street in the capital city.
It's the second suicide bombing in Mogadishu since Yesterday. Al-Shabaab, the Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group has threatened to attack the elections in the Horn of Africa country.
Saturday's blast took place shortly after mediation to break a deadlock between Farmajo and PM Roble ended in failure due to the lack of compromise, according to the mediators.
UN agencies estimate over 755,000 people have been internally displaced in Somalia due to the severe drought which is attributed to a failure of the rains for four years and climate change.