Mortar bombs strike Somalia’s capital amid presidential vote

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – A round of mortar shells landed on Adan Adde International Airport in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday afternoon where MPs have been casting their votes to pick the Horn of Africa country’s 10th leader in a long-delayed presidential vote.

At least three mortar bombs fell outside Decale Hotel in the city’s airport, just dozens of meters away from an air force hanger where the presidential election is underway.

Several mortar rounds also targeted the residence of an opposition presidential candidate Abdirahman Abdishakur, who is one of the key contenders challenging the incumbent President in the ongoing vote. Images circulated online showed vehicle inside the house riddled with shrapnel holes.

No one has immediately responsibility and details on casualties are still scarce.

The attack comes after police imposed a 33-hour curfew that will be lifted on Monday. Hundreds of heavily armed troops were seen on the streets of Mogadishu on Sunday and all main roads were closed.

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