Somalia’s government spokesperson has been wounded in a suicide bombing that the al Shabab group has claimed responsibility for.
Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu appeared to be the sole target in the attack near his residence by a busy intersection in the capital, Mogadishu.
A statement from Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble’s office called his wounds non-life-threatening.
A Reuters photographer at the scene of the explosion reported seeing body parts lying on the ground outside Moalimuu’s house, who has been rushed to hospital.
State-run Somalia said on its Twitter account the blast at a junction of a Mogadishu road was from a suicide bomber.
It has been widely expected that such attacks would increase as tensions rise in Somalia over a national election that has been delayed for almost a year.
“Such attacks are purely politically motivated actions,” said Mohamed Abdulaziz Omar, a local civil society activist, adding that it also occurred in past elections in the Horn of Africa nation.