Somalia: 15 people killed in car bomb attack
At least 15 people have been killed in a car bomb attack carried out by Al-Shabaab in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.
Authorities say the death toll could still rise with nine people confirmed to be seriously injured by the blast. Captain Mohamed Hussein told the Associated Press that most of those killed in the explosion were civilians.
Vehicle disguised as milk van
Al-Shabaab is already claiming responsibility for the attack, which targeted the Wadajir District headquarters in Mogadishu. Police say the suicide bomber was driving a vehicle disguised to look like a milk delivery van. At least ten people are believed to have died in the initial blast while the first count of those injured was 20 – some of whom appear to have died from their injuries.
Al-Shabaab quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, suggesting government members and property were the target.
“It’s a suicide car bomb on Wadajir District building in which Somali officials and their staff stay. There are government and their staff who have died at the scene. We will tell you the number of dead later,” said the group’s spokesman, Abdiasis Abu Musab.
The attack in Wadajir District comes less than a week after Al-Shabaab killed at least 31 people in an overnight siege at a popular restaurant in the capital. The militant group often targets government buildings – much like the headquarters in Wadajir District – however, it is increasingly targeting public places in Mogadishu.
Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has promised to show “no mercy” in dealing with the terrorist threat as the US steps up its efforts in the fight against Al-Shabaab.
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