Nine people killed in Mogadishu suicide bombing

Security forces and civilians stand near the wreckage after a suicide car bomb attack that targeted the city's police commissioner in Mogadishu, Somalia Saturday, July 10, 2021. At least nine people are dead and others wounded after the large explosion, a health official at the Medina hospital said, noting that the toll reflected only the dead and wounded brought there. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Nine people, most of them members of Somalia’s security forces, were killed in a suspected suicide bombing in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, police and witnesses said.

The attack took place near a checkpoint frequented by the security forces, police officer Mohamed Ali said.

FILE PHOTO: Security forces and civilians stand near the of a suicide car bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia. /AP

“There are still investigations going on but with all indications so far, a suicide bomber caused the blast,” he said, adding that six members of the security forces and three civilians were killed and 11 other people wounded.

“I have passed by the area a few minutes after the blast, the whole area was in a mess with abandoned shoes belonging to the victims,” a witness, Kudow Yusuf, said.

Another witness, Adan Hussein, said he had seen several bodies, some of them in uniform, carried into ambulances.


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