Major explosions rocked two largest cities of Somalia on Saturday, July 4, as a suicide car bomber detonated near the port in Mogadishu and a land mine in a restaurant on the outskirts of Baidoa, killing four people and injuring several others, said officials.
The mine was detonated by remote control as people were dining during the morning rush, said Ali Abdullahi, an official with the South-western regional state. In Mogadishu, thick smoke filled out over the port area after the car bomber detonated near the gates of the motor vehicle imports duty authority headquarters, said police Col. Ahmed Ali.
No claim of responsibility has been made yet but the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group has targeted the city in the past. The Somalia-based al-Shabab is learnt to often target the capital with suicide bombings.