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Car bomb claims 8 in Mogadishu

A man walks past the wreckage of a vehicle that was destroyed in a bomb attack in Mogadishu on Saturday. Associated Press

A car bomb exploded near the Somali parliament on Saturday, killing eight people, emergency workers said, hours after militia executed nine civilians from a clan with suspected links to the Al Shabaab militant group.

“We have confirmed eight people killed and 16 others wounded in the blast,” the private Aamin Ambulance service said.

A second blast on a key road leading to the airport of the Somali capital Mogadishu did not cause any casualties.

The Al Shabaab group claimed responsibility for the attacks saying they were “they were targeting two checkpoints, one of them along the airport road and (the other) along the road that leads to house of legislators.”

Abdulahi Mire, who witnessed the explosion near the parliament building said; “”I saw four dead bodies and four others wounded in the blast.”

Police sealed off the road and ambulances rushed to the scene, he added.

Local shopkeeper Naimo Ali said the blast was “huge” and destroyed a part of her shop.

“I saw several people strewn in the road and some of them were motionless,” she added.

According to security sources the second explosives-laden car a Toyota Noah, was spotted by security forces at a checkpoint. They opened fire and killed a man in the car, which then exploded.

No one was injured in the blast.

Earlier Saturday, police said local militia executed nine civilians in retribution for Al Shabaab killing a policeman.

The revenge attack on Friday just outside Galkayo -- one of the most developed cities in the centre of the country -- targeted the Rahanweyn clan, several of whose members are suspected of being Shabaab fighters.

“This was a horrible incident, a gruesome killing against nine unarmed innocent civilians in southern Galkayo. All of the civilians belong to one clan and the gunmen shot them dead in one location a few minutes after suspected Shabaab gunmen killed” a policeman, Mohamed Abdirahman, a local police official said. “This is an unacceptable act and we will bring those perpetrators to justice,” said Hussein Dini, a traditional elder. “Their killing cannot be justified. It seems that the merciless gunmen were retaliating for the security official who they believe was killed by Al Shabaab gunmen belonging to the clan of the victims.”

Agence France-Presse