Car bomb blast kills seven in Somalia's Mogadishu

Explosion goes off alongside densely-populated road in Somali capital's Hamarweyne district, according to officials.

    Security officers at the scene of the car explosion in Mogadishu's Hamarweyne district [Feisal Omar/Reuters]
    Security officers at the scene of the car explosion in Mogadishu's Hamarweyne district [Feisal Omar/Reuters]

    A car bomb blast near a popular market in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, has killed at least seven people, according to officials.

    Thursday's explosion, which also wounded several people, occurred alongside a densely-populated road near Hamarweyne market, an area that has previously suffered bomb attacks claimed by the al-Shabab armed group.

    "The blast was caused by a luxurious car loaded with explosives, which was detonated at a civilian, densely-populated area, and seven people were killed and several others wounded," Abdifatah Omar Halane, city administration spokesman, told reporters.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

    "There were eight people killed and most of them died in a civilian minibus which was passing by the area where the vehicle went off," witness Abdinasir Mohamed, who gave a slightly higher death toll that authorities did not confirm, told AFP news agency.

    READ MORE: Several dead as al-Shabab storms Somali border town

    Major Nur Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters news agency by phone that the explosive-laden car detonated just as a minibus carrying civilians was passing by. The death toll was likely to rise, he said.

    A witness told Reuters said he saw at least three dead bodies and a damaged minibus with blood stains on it

    Al-Shabab, which is fighting Somalia's internationally recognised government, has repeatedly attacked civilian and military targets in Mogadishu and other towns with gunmen and suicide bombers.

    SOURCE: News agencies


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