At least 22 civilians were killed on Saturday in Mogadishu by a suicide car bomb,targeting African Union peackeepers and the ensuing gunfight,an official and medics said.
The explosives-laden car was heading to a control point manned by the AU forces in Mogadishus southern K4 intersection when a policeman opened fire at the vehicle,which then rammed into a passenger bus.
Somali police chief Abdi Hassan Qeybdiid said the death toll from the explosion rose to 17 after three more people died of their wounds.
We condemn this barbaric act which is not allowed by the Islam religion, he said.
Five civilians were also killed and 23 wounded in gunbattles between the peacekeepers and insurgents after the explosion,a doctor said. We collected five bodies and (admitted) 23 people injured during the fighting, said Ali Muse of the Mogadishu hospital.
We have one of his arms which is clearly shows that the suicide bomber was a foreigner, said Shaweye,referring to the bombers pale skin.