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.
“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.