Casualties as mortar fire strike in Somalia’s capital amid lockdown

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Mortar shells struck areas near an airport hanger in Mogadishu on Wednesday night, where the inauguration ceremony of Somalia’s new president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is set to be held on Thursday.

It came hours after a total lockdown, starting from 10pm on Wednesday until 5pm on Thursday, had been imposed on the city to secure the venue for the inauguration ceremony that will host a number of foreign and local dignitaries.

At least 8 people wounded after some of the mortar bombs missed targets and landed on residential areas, according to Caasimada Online news website.

No one has immediately claimed responsibility, but the Al-Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab often carries out attacks in the Somali capital.

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