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Somali: At Least 8 Killed, 17 Injured in Car Bombing in Mogadishu

Mogadishu: At least eight people were confirmed dead and 17 injured in a suicide car bombing here early Thursday, the police said.Also Read – Sweden’s First Woman Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson Quits Hours Later

A police officer at the scene told Xinhua that the death toll could rise after a suicide bomber targeted a convoy escorting foreign security forces near a local school in the Hodan district in Mogadishu. Also Read – Magdalena Andersson Becomes Sweden’s First Female PM, To Take Charge on Friday

“At least eight were killed and 17 others injured in the blast. The blast occurred in front of Muasir school and children are among the casualties,” the police officer, who declined to be named, said on the phone. Also Read – Grenade Blast Near Gate of Army Camp in Pathankot, All Check-posts Put on High Alert

The police said the target was a convoy belonging to a security firm that guards the UN personnel who were reportedly travelling from Gordon training camp to Halane base camp. Al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for the latest attack in the restive city, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Somali National Army backed by the African Union Mission in Somalia drove al-Shabab out of Mogadishu in 2011, but the terror group is still capable of conducting attacks, targeting government installations, hotels, restaurants, and public places.

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