Source: The Telegraph
An African Union convoy had just passed when the device was triggered, close to a feeding centre for victims of Somalia’s famine in Mogadishu. A woman died from her injuries as she was taken to hospital.
A man who was wounded was still being treated last night.
Security sources said it was likely that the bomb was planted by al-Shabaab agents.
The Islamist fighters pulled out of their positions in Somalia’s capital earlier this month, but vowed to continue their offensive against the peacekeepers and the country’s weak Western-backed government.
There are fears that the city – already nearly destroyed after 20 years of war – would now become even more dangerous, because clearly defined front lines had dissolved when al-Shabaab left.
« I can’t say that this was certainly a Shabaab attack, but it fits the thinking we have that they are now going to come at us with many more of these kinds of strikes, » said a Western diplomat covering Somalia from neighbouring Kenya.
Sunday’s bombing came the day after a four-wheel-drive filled with explosives, connected to a mobile telephone, was found at a busy Mogadishu junction between the airport and the city centre.
Experts with the African Union peacekeeping force, AMISOM, defused the bomb before it could be detonated.
« Fixed inside the car was a mobile phone which al-Shabaab usually use as a remote control, » said Abdullahi Barise, a spokesman for the Somali police force.
« Perhaps there was also a suicide bomber who got scared and went out of the car. [It] was parked along the road behind Sahafi Hotel.
Perhaps they were timing it as a convoy headed for the airport. » Even without the increased security threat, aid workers are struggling to feed hundreds of thousands of people who have fled to Mogadishu from famine-hit rural areas.
By Mike Pflanz