Suicide car bomb in Somali capital kills at least 7: Official

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)

A suicide car bomb killed at least seven people in the Somali capital on Saturday at a street junction near the president’s residence, an official said.

“A suicide car bomb that exploded at Ceelgaab junction killed seven people and injured eight others,” Muawiye Mudeey, district commissioner of Mogadishu’s Hamarjajab district told Reuters.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack, but Al-Shabaab, which wants to overthrow the government and impose its interpretation of Islamic law, frequently carries out such bombings.

A Reuters witness at the scene of the blast reported seeing seven cars and three rickshaws destroyed by the blast, and the whole junction covered in blood.

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