MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A automobile bomb exploded at a shopping mall in Somalia’s capital on Monday, killing 11 individuals and wounding 10 in an assault that police stated was most likely carried out by Islamist group al Shabaab.
The blast occurred in Mogadishu’s Hamarweyne district, a busy space with retailers and eating places.
“Several dead people were removed from a wrecked building at the blast scene. So far death toll is 11 civilians and 10 others injured,” police officer Mohamed Hussein stated.
Hussein had earlier put the dying toll at two.
A Reuters witness noticed one lifeless particular person at the scene, the place 4 automobiles burned and a restaurant was destroyed.
Al Shabaab often carries out bombings in Mogadishu and different elements of Somalia towards authorities and different targets.
The group is attempting to oust the Western-backed central authorities and set up its personal rule based mostly on its strict interpretation of sharia regulation.
Al Shabaab’s militants additionally perform assaults outdoors Somalia. Its newest assault in neighbouring Kenya, a suicide and gun assault at an workplace and resort complicated within the capital Nairobi final month, killed 21 individuals.
Al Shabaab need Kenya to withdraw its troops from Somalia the place they’re stationed as a part of an African peacekeeping drive which helps defend the central authorities.
Additional reporting by Feisal Omar; writing by Elias Biryabarema; Editing by George Obulutsa