Blast near Mogadishu hours after al-Shabaab vows attack

Explosion hits close to army checkpoint after al-Shabab threatens attacks against new president, Mohamed Abdullahi.

A car laden with explosives has blown up near an army checkpoint outside Mogadishu, wounding at least four soldiers, according to a somali security officer.

 

Soldiers reportedly chased the driver before he detonated the explosives.

“We received the information the car bomb and we pursued it but he blew up while we were chasing him,” the security officer said.

The blast comes after the armed group al-Shabab said it would launch deadly attacks against Mohamed Abdullahi, Somalia’s new president, also known as Farmajo.

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