Mortar round on Somalia parliament fired at point-blank range: MP

Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – A mortar round that targeted Somalia’s parliament on Monday had been fired at point-blank range, the head of a parliamentary committee tasked with preparations of an upcoming vote for speaker and his deputies Abdirizak Omar Mohamed said on Tuesday.

A mortar round that is not part of the heavy ones fell outside parliament gate [and] security agencies informed us that mortar bomb on parliament was fired from short distance,” the MP said.

Members of parliament staff and security personnel wounded,” he added.

A barrage of mortar bombs hit parliament headquarters in a heavily fortified area of Somali capital on Tuesday, shortly after MPs approved measures to hold the election for their leadership despite opposition from allies of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. read more

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