Somalia: At least 8 killed in car bomb blast in Mogadishu


At least eight people have been killed after a car bomb exploded on a road leading to the airport in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, according to the city’s ambulance service chief.

“A car bomb had exploded at an Iraqi police recruiting center at Kisak, passing through Avision Street. We do not know who was on the roadblock.” was at the scene told Reuters he saw 9 bodies.

Earlier, local security official Mohamed Abdi told AFP, citing initial reports of the blast, that six people had been killed and several injured. He added that the toll could rise and that it was a “huge explosion” from which “the whole area was destroyed”.

Fighters from the al-Shabab jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in a statement that they had targeted “foreign officials”.

The attack comes days after Somali leaders agreed to hold parliamentary elections in February, the ongoing delay of which has sparked a deep political crisis in the volatile Horn of Africa country.

According to eyewitnesses, when the explosion occurred, a convoy of security company vehicles was accompanying foreigners in this part of the city.

“I saw some injured passengers being transported,” said eyewitness Osman Hassan.

Another eyewitness, Hassan Nour, added: “The explosion was so large that it destroyed most of the buildings near the road.”

“I saw several dead and wounded in various places,” he added.

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