Car bomb blast in Somali capital leaves at least four dead

Authorities confirmed at least four fatalities in the attack, which also allegedly caused ‘significant material damage’ in the region.

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At least four people died after the explosion in the country.

At least four people died on Wednesday, 12, in the powerful explosion of a car bomb in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, which also caused significant material damage in the area – informed local authorities. There is still disagreement over the number of victims. A federal government spokesman said the attack left four dead, and a security services official referred to “at least six”. “The Somali government condemns today’s cowardly suicide attack in Mogadishu, in which four civilians were killed and another six wounded,” tweeted spokesman Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu. “These acts of terrorism will not derail the peace and ongoing events in the country. We have to unite in this fight against terrorism”, he added. “The initial information we have (…) indicates that at least six people died and others were injured in the massive detonation of a car bomb,” said Mohamed Abdi, a security officer for the local government.

“It also caused devastation in the area,” he added, warning that the death toll could be higher due to the concentration of people in the affected area. The attack comes three days after Somali political leaders agreed on a new timetable for the long-delayed elections in this troubled Horn of Africa country. It was claimed by Al Shabaab. In a statement, the jihadist group said its target was “foreign agents”. Witnesses said a security convoy of several vehicles escorting foreigners was passing through this location at the time of the explosion. “I saw some injured passengers being transported after the detonation,” Osman Hassan reported. Hassan Nur stated that “the explosion was so large that it destroyed most of the buildings around the road and the vehicles passing through the area”. “I saw several dead people and injured people lying on the road,” he said.

*With information from AFP

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