7 killed in explosion against Somali PM's compound

Nearly seven people were killed and over 10 others wounded when a suicide lorry full of explosives exploded inside the compound of the interim Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi, in the north of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

7 killed in explosion against Somali PM's compound
Nearly seven people were killed and over 10 others wounded when a suicide lorry full of explosives Sunday exploded inside the compound of the interim Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi, in the north of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

"A lorry forced itself inside the compound of the prime minister and it detonated after it broke the gate, there was huge explosion and smoke started to billow from inside," Khalif Omar said. "Nearly seven people died and more than 10 were wounded."

The Somali government security forces backed by Ethiopian troops cordoned off the area and denied access near the vicinity of the prime minister's house after the explosion.

Paddy Ankunda, the African Union spokesman, told local radio in Mogadishu that the prime minister is in a safe place.

Ali Gedi escaped a number of previous attempts on his life. He survived an attempt on his life on May 17, when a man threw a hand grenade towards his convoy but failed to explode.

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