Sheekh Shaakir wuxuu qaaday jidkii Xasan Daahir
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.
Wadaadka xiriirka xooggan la leh kooxo diimeed ka jira Iran, Shaakir, wuxuu ku soo duulay degaan nabad ah oo nidaam dowladnimo iyo kala danbeyn amni ku naalloonaya, wuxuuna muddo dheer oo kataabo garbaha u surnaayeen kadib cagta saaray jidkii Xasan Dhaahir Aweys, ee qori kursi ku doonka ahaa.