#AceBreakingNews – MOGADISHU – May 24 – Explosions and gunfire have been heard in the Somali capital Mogadishu as the parliament came under attack while MPs were meeting.
The cause of the blasts was not immediately clear.
Somalia’s first parliament of its own since the collapse of government in 1992 was sworn in two years ago.
The fragile Somali government has been waging a war on insurgents of the al-Shabab Islamist movement, who were pushed out of Mogadishu in 2011.
The parliament in Mogadishu – which operated as a transitional assembly from 2004 to 2012 – has been attacked several times, including in 2009 and 2010.
Last month, a Somali parliamentarian was blown up and another shot dead in separate attacks.Some 22,000 African Union troops are helping the government battle al-Shabab.
Although it has lost control of most towns and cities, al-Shabab still dominates in many rural areas.
Al-Shabab, whose name means “The Youth” in Arabic, advocates the strict Saudi-inspired Wahhabi version of Islam.
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#AceWorldNews A car bomb has exploded in the centre of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, near a hotel popular with government officials and businessmen, according to police and witnesses, AFP reports.
Police confirmed that at least one person was injured in the blast.
The area close to the hotel has been targeted several times recently and in November 2013 the hotel itself was hit, leaving several people dead.
#AceWorldNews says an Islamist militant suicide bomber drove a car into a Mogadishu cafe on Thursday, killing at least 10 people, Reuters reported.
The place is frequented by members of the security forces.
The Al Shabaab group said it had carried out the attack, which followed an assault by its fighters on the president’s palace in the Somali capital last week.
Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, said the attack had targeted security personnel who were sitting in the tea shop, killing 11 officers and wounding 15 others.
#AceWorldNews says the presidential palace in Somalia’s capital was hit on Friday by a major car bomb and gun attack, AFP reported, citing police.
Reuters also reported that a loud explosion was heard near the centre of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, followed by prolonged heavy bursts of gunfire.
The city has been hit by a series of suicide bomb attacks in the past few weeks, claimed by Al-Qaeda-linked militants, Al Shabaab.
#AceWorldNews says hundreds of families are fleeing the Somali capital after a spike in the number of clashes between militants and pro-government troops, AP reported, citing local residents.
On Thursday, dozens of vehicles piled high with belongings headed to the outskirts of Mogadishu.
Heavy clashes have included mortar fire that has landed on civilian homes, witnesses say.
Mogadishu has seen relative stability since the ouster of Islamist rebels from Al-Shabab in 2011.
#AceWorldNews says `Germany to Contribute Troops to EU Training Mission in Somali Capital’
Germany will send troops to an EU training mission in Mogadishu, Reuters reported. The move comes less than a year after security concerns led Berlin to abandon a similar training operation, when it relocated from Uganda to the Somali capital.
The new German government, which took office last December, has promised a more robust foreign and security policy.