Eight people are confirmed dead, and at least 16 wounded, after a pair of explosions rocked Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu Saturday.
Somalia police confirmed the arrest of a suspect after a car bomb was reportedly detonated near the Somali parliament headquarters.
Zakia Hussein, deputy police commander confirmed that no one was injured in the attack. The VBIED went off near the security checkpoint at KM4 junction.
“The driver of the VBIED has been apprehended and there were no casualties resulting from the blast,” Hussein said in a statement.
She said another separate VBIED went off near Sayid Junction, and promised to provide more details concerning the attack, the latest in the restive capital, Mogadishu.
No group has claimed responsibility for the two latest attacks in Mogadishu but extremist group, al-Shabab which is fighting to overthrow the government, usually stages such deadly attacks in the Horn of Africa nation.
The move comes while Mogadishu is on high alert as police forces blocked the main roads of the capital to prevent possible attacks by the militants.
Somali National Army (SNA) backed by African Union Mission in Somalia have driven al-Shabab militants out of Mogadishu, but the terror group is still capable of conducting attacks, targeting government installations, hotels, restaurants and public places.