MOGADISHU – A roadside explosion in Mogadishu on Sunday killed at least 13 people, most of them women who were sweeping a street, witnesses said.
Residents said a remotely detonated device exploded in Waberi district along a main road leading to the presidential palace. Nearly 50 people were wounded.
“We have now collected the pieces of nine dead women and still there are other parts scattered,” witness Fardowsa Ahmed told Reuters.
“A minibus full of seriously injured women was rushed to hospital and I think the death toll will be more than this. Only two women who sell tea along the road survived” she added.
Insurgents have launched near-daily attacks on the transitional administration and its Ethiopian [read: “infidel”] military allies. Somalia has not had a functioning central government since 1991.
On Friday a roadside bomb killed a Ugandan member of a small African Union peacekeeping force based in the capital.
Violence in the Horn of Africa nation has killed more than 8,000 civilians and driven 1 million more from their homes since allied Somali-Ethiopian forces kicked a hard-line Islamist group out of Mogadishu early last year.