By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s government spokesman was injured in an explosion at a junction set off by a suicide bomber in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, police and the state news agency said.
A Reuters photographer at the scene of the blast reported seeing body parts lying on the ground outside the home of Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, who was rushed to hospital.
“A suicide bomber targeted the government spokesman, who is currently being treated in hospital for his injuries from the blast,” police spokesman Abdifatah Aden told Reuters.
Nasra Bashir Ali, special correspondent for state media in the prime minister’s office, where Moalimuu is based, said on Twitter that he suffered no life-threatening injuries in the attack, which left him took aim as he passed in his vehicle.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.
In the past, the al-Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabaab has taken responsibility for gun and bomb attacks against Somali security and government targets, as well as civilians.
Al Shabaab aims to overthrow the UN-backed central government and impose its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law. It also carries out attacks against African Union peacekeeping troops.
(Reporting by Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Mark Heinrich)