Somalia: Car bomb outside UN compound wounds four

Somalia: Car bomb outside UN compound wounds four

Al-Shabab is taking responsibility for a car bomb that wounded for guards outside a UN compound in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

“We are behind the blast that injured at least three U.N. guards this morning,” Al-Shabab’s spokesperson Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab said.

The Al-Qaeda affiliate has been carrying out such attacks since it lost control of Mogadishu. The group was forced out of most of Somalia by African Union forces.

“We can confirm that four guards working for the United Nations were injured,” said police officer Major Nur Osman, who was at the scene.

Al-Shabab is seeking to oust the internationally backed government and impose strict Islamic law.

Somalia elected parliamentarians in a march towards electing a president. The polls were, however, marred by corruption and voter intimidation.

Indirect elections have been taking place since October as the country remains too unsafe for a national vote. Much of the country is still under the control of Al-Shabab.

Somalia has not had a functional national government since the ousting of its former leader Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

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