Suicide bomber hits Somalia presidential compound, at least 12 dead
The massive blast that hit Somalia left a trail of destruction across the hilltop presidential complex and to nearby hotels.
Somali soldiers stand near to a building destroyed by a blast near the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. A suicide bomber has detonated an explosives-laden truck near the gate of Somalia's presidential palace in the capital on Tuesday, killing at least 12 people, police say. AP
The bomb exploded during a morning traffic jam and the explosion was heard across Mogadishu, and smoke was seen billowing over the area of the presidential compound. A general view of the scene shows Somali government forces securing the street near the scene of a car bomb claimed by al Shabab Islamist militants outside the president's palace. Reuters
The massive blast left a trail of destruction across the hilltop presidential complex and to nearby hotels. The bombing tore into blast walls protecting hotels and blew off the roofs of nearby houses. Somali government forces walk past a car destroyed as they arrive to secure the scene of the bombing. Reuters
Somali security forces escort civilians following the bombing. 31 people got injured, which included some Cabinet ministers at the SYL hotel. The injured were taken to Mogadishu's Madina Hospital.
The blast damaged nearby hotels often frequented by government officials and business executives. A woman who was among the 12 dead is being carried away after the blast by some Somali men. AP
A soldier helps Somali lawmaker Abdalla Bos Ahmed, center, after he was injured by a blast near the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu which was claimed by an insurgent group al-Shabab. While al-Shabab has been ousted from most of Somalia's cities, it continues to carry out bombings and suicide attacks, notably in the capital.
Somali soldiers gathered following the blast while they tried to stop the bomber who used back roads before he sped through checkpoints near the presidential palace and detonated the bomb. The bomber reportedly reached near the gate of the state house with flat tires, according to police sources. AP