Police: 4 dead in Somalia explosion before presidential vote

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Somali Police they say at least four people were killed in a suicide blast that targeted a checkpoint near the airport in the capital, Mogadishu.

“I saw four people dead at the scene. Two of them were government soldiers who died immediately after the attack,” police officer Ali Hassan said.

A wrecked vehicle is removed from the scene after a suicide bombing at a checkpoint near the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (Photo AP / Farah Abdi Warsameh)

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According to witness Hamdi Nur, a number of the injured were taken away by ambulance. There were no details on the other victims.

The blast occurred as presidential candidates were heading to the heavily fortified airport area to address lawmakers ahead of Sunday’s presidential vote.

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The Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack which destroyed a number of small businesses along the way.

Al-Shabab opposes the federal government of Somalia and often organizes lethal attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere in the Horn of African nation.