Bomb blast near Somali district headquarters kills six people

A blast killed at least six people in Somalia’s capital on Monday and wounded another sixteen, medical sources said.

The explosion, caused by a car bomb, hit a local government building in Mogadishu’s Hodan district, local media reported.

“We have carried six dead people and 16 others injured. The death toll may rise,” the director of Amin Ambulance service, Abdiqadir Abdirahman, told Reuters.

The city’s mayor, Abdirahman O. Osman, condemned the attack in a tweet, describing it as a “barbaric explosion”.

Police officer Ibrahim Mohamed said the car bomb attack was “huge”.

“It caused a huge blast and there was dust everywhere,” eyewitness Osman Ali told Agence France-Presse.

Al-Qaeda affiliated group al-Shabab said it carried out the attack.

On 2 September, six people were killed in a suicide bomb blast at the entrance of Howlwadag district headquarters in Mogadishu, an attack claimed also by al-Shabab.

Local deputy district commissioner Ibrahim Hassan Matan was among at least fourteen people wounded in the blast.

Farah Yussuf is a Digital Reporter with Star FM Kenya. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Masinde Muliro University.

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