Somalia: 11 killed in Mogadishu car bomb attack


At least 11 people were killed in a car bomb attack in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Monday.

Hours before the blast that also injured 10 people, Islamic militants shot dead a senior manager running the port of Bossaso in the semi-autonomous Puntland region. Somalia-based extremist militant group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for both incidents.

Car bomb blast kills 11, port manager shot dead

Police officer Mohamed Hussein said 11 people were confirmed dead from the car bomb explosion in Mogadishu, which exploded near a mall close to local government offices. Militants parked a car loaded with explosives close to the shopping centre and the blast was strong enough to cause a building to collapse, trapping people inside.

Several dead bodies were pulled from the wrecked building and another 10 people are known to have been injured in the explosion.

Hours earlier, Paul Anthony Formosa, a Maltese citizen who managed the port of Bossaso for P&O Ports, was shot dead by extremists. Dubai government-owned P&O Ports said an employee was killed and three others were injured in an incident without giving any further details.

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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.