MOGADISHU, Somalia — A police official says 4 explosions near the gate of the temporary home of Somalia's new president killed at least one person.Police corporal Yusuf Ali said Wednesday that he was guarding the Somalia immigration department near the Jazeera hotel when the blast occurred. An official inside Jazeera Hotel, who asked for anonymity, says President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is safe.
Mohamud was elected Monday beating Sheik Shariff Sheikh Ahmed who was seeking re-election after leading a transitional government for three years. Mohamud is expected to form a fully functioning government for Somalia which has not had one since 1991 when a longtime dictator was overthrown.Al-Shabab, a radical Islamist militia that is waging an insurgency against the Somali government, opposed Mohamud's election saying it had been manipulated by the west.Al Shabaab claim responsibility for attack on hotel where new Somali president and Kenyan FM were holding meeting ..
"We are responsible for the attack against the so-called president and the delegation," Al-Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage