Mogadishu: A car bomb exploded inside the
compound of a major police building in Somalia`s war-torn
capital Mogadishu on Friday, wounding at least one police officer,
"A car full of explosives, which was seized by the
security forces this morning, exploded -- a policeman was
injured," said Abdulahi Ahmed, a Somali police official. "We
are still investigating the incident."
The blast occurred in the grounds of the Criminal
Investigation Department of Somalia`s police, close to the
busy central K4 roundabout.
Witnesses said the car exploded while parked inside the
building, destroying the perimeter wall.
"The car exploded in a parking lot, the blast was very
heavy, and smoke and fire shot up high into the sky," said
Farah Adan, a witness.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for today`s
attack, the latest in a string of blasts including roadside
bombs and grenade explosions that have rocked the Somali
capital in recent months.
The city has seen an increase in such attacks since the
al-Qaeda linked Shebab abandoned fixed positions there in
August and switched to guerrilla tactics against the
Western-backed government and African Union troops.