Top Somali journalist among dozens killed in Mogadishu bombings

Top Somali journalist among dozens killed in Mogadishu bombings

Top Somali journalist among dozens killed in Mogadishu bombings

Police said at least five people were killed and four wounded in a auto bomb attack claimed by al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab close to the president's residence in the Somali capital.

Mr Salad, 45, was a veteran reporter who worked to revive the country's media before leaving the country in 2005 and returning several years later to work with Universal TV.

The vehicle bomb was placed near a military checkpoint at the presidential palace in Mogadishu.

Mohamed Bulbul, a journalist based in Mogadishu, told Al Jazeera that Mohamed Tulah, the Deputy Governor for security in Somalia's Benadir region, was wounded in the first blast.

Col. Ahmed Mohamud says those killed in the Saturday morning blast include soldiers and civilians.

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The al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabaab took responsibility for the attack on pro-insurgent radio station Andalus.

Police said politicans and other officials had been traveling nearby on what is a business day in the Horn of Africa nation.

Plumes of smoke rose over the streets as emergency vehicles sped toward the blast scenes.

"At first I saw a vehicle driving to and fro, then we tried to stop people walking here and there, and then in the blink of an eye the vehicle exploded, causing havoc", traffic police officer Mohamed Harun said.

The United States and 20,000 African Union forces are working with the Somali military in countering al-Shabaab using both drone attacks and boots on the ground.

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