5 police wounded in Somali bombing- UPDATED

Police official Abdikadir Mohamud told it was not clear whether the bomb was planted in the vehicle in the Bakara market or hurled at it.

5 police wounded in Somali bombing- UPDATED

World Bulletin / News Desk

Five policemen were wounded when their vehicle was blown up in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, a police officer said, in an attack claimed by the al Shabaab.

Police official Abdikadir Mohamud, who was in the area, told Reuters it was not clear whether the bomb was planted in the vehicle in the Bakara market or hurled at it.

Gunfire heard after the blast was from security forces, Mohamud said. "Fire was opened in the air to disperse the converging crowds to minimise casualties," he said, adding that no civilians were hurt.

Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, the spokesman for the group's military operation, said the device used in Tuesday's attack was "a well-timed remotely controlled bomb." He said three people were killed, but the police officer put the casualty figure at five wounded.

The government has said it needs more international training and other support to build up its security forces. For now, it still relies heavily on African peacekeepers to protect vital facilities.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Temmuz 2013, 13:43
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