Al Shabaab car bomb kills at least six in central Mogadishu

People look at debris at the site of a blast in Mogadishu, Somalia. [Reuters]
At least six people were killed when a suicide car bomb struck a local government office in central Mogadishu on Sunday, destroying the building and a Quranic school opposite.

Islamist militant group Al Shabaab said it was behind the attack on Hawlwadag district office, which also blew off the roof of a mosque and damaged houses nearby.

At least six people had been killed, including soldiers, civilians and the suicide bomber, and a dozen injured, according to police officer Mohamed Hussein.

Emergency services work at the site of the blast that led to the death of six. [Reuters]
The school was open but at the time of the blast most children were away from the building on a break.

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Earlier the director of the Amin ambulance service told Reuters that at least 14 people had been injured, including 6 children.

A Reuters journalist on the scene saw a human hand and blood stains in the rubble as people searched for survivors.

Debris at the site of a blast in Mogadishu, Somalia. [Reuters]
Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, said the group had carried out the attack.

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“We are behind the suicide attack. We targeted the district office in which there was a meeting. We killed 10 people so far, we shall give details later.”

Somalia has been wracked by lawlessness and violence since 1991. Islamist group al Shabaab is fighting to dislodge a Western-backed government protected by African Union-mandated peacekeepers

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