Somalia: 15 people killed in car bomb attack

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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.

 

Continued attacks

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.

 

Featured image: By AMISOM Public Information – Flickr, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41582686

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.