Six killed in terrorist-claimed blast in Somali capital

A general view of the scene of a car-bomb explosion in Mogadishu on January 12, 2022 where at least six people were killed and several others wounded in the huge blast that caused devastation in the area along the 21st October road. (Photo: AFP).
MOGADISHU — Six people were killed on Wednesday in a devastating car bomb explosion in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, a security official and witnesses said.اضافة اعلان

The attack was claimed by the Al-Shabaab terrorist group, which said in a brief statement that it was targeting “foreign officers”.

It took place just days after Somali leaders had agreed on a new timetable for long-delayed elections in the troubled country. 

“The initial information we have ... indicates that at least six people were killed and several others wounded in the huge car bomb blast,” local government security officer Mohamed Abdi told AFP.

“It has also caused devastation in the area,” he said, warning that the toll could be higher because of the number of people in the area.

Witnesses said a multivehicle private security convoy escorting foreigners was passing by the area when the explosion hit.

“I saw some of the passengers injured and being carried after the blast,” said one witness Osman Hassan.

Another witness, Hassan Nur, said: “The blast was so huge that it has destroyed most of the buildings nearby the road and vehicles passing by the area.

“I saw several dead and wounded people strewn in the road.”

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