At least 10 people including five security officers were killed when a suicide car blast targeted a security convoy in Somalia’s capital on Wednesday, officials said.
The attack in Mogadishu has been claimed by al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group that often carries out deadly attacks in the Horn of Africa country.
“We know that at least 10 people were killed, including five soldiers in the bomb explosion” along with several injuries, Ali Yare Ali, deputy governor for security and politics of the Banadir regional administration, told journalists.
He added that an investigation into the attack is underway.
Abdifatah Hassan, a police officer in the capital Mogadishu, told Anadolu Agency that the attack took place near one of the entrances of the capital’s Aden Adde international airport, adding to earlier reports that put it along 21 October Road in the neighborhood of Waberi.
He said the attack had devastated some nearby buildings.
Al-Shabaab was also behind a 2017 truck bomb attack in Mogadishu that took some 600 lives, the worst terrorist attack in the country’s history.
Somali officials report a car bomb exploded Wednesday in Mogadishu, leaving 8 dead and property damaged. Mogadishu residents at a nearby mosque said the shock of the blast hit the walls and roof of their mosque.