At least nine dead in Al-Shabaab suicide car bombing in Mogadishu
A suicide car bomb has killed at least eight people and wounded nine in the others in the Somali capital on Saturday, Somali police confirmed.
The explosion took place in ceelgaab vicinity near a checkpoint leading to the Presidential Palace.
Speaking to the media, Somali police spokesman, Abdifatah Adan Hassan, said the bomber using an explosive-laden vehicle and hit a number of vehicles moving towards the checkpoint.
“A suicide car bomb that exploded at Ceelgaab junction killed eight people have been killed and injured nine wounded,” Somali police spokesman, Abdifatah Adan.
Al-Shabaab, which wants to overthrow the government and impose its strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Al-Shabab controlled the capital until 2011 when it was pushed out by African Union troops, but it still holds territories and launches frequent attacks against government and civilian targets in Mogadishu and elsewhere.