Mogadishu — Police said a car bomb that committed suicide at a crossroads near the presidential residence killed at least eight people in the Somali capital, and al-Qaeda-related terrorist group al-Shabaab was behind an attack targeting Convoy. Stated. Enter the palace.
Police spokesperson Abdifata Aden Hassan told reporters at the scene of the blast that some of the casualties could be taken away by relatives, which could lead to more casualties.
“Al-Shabaab is behind the explosion. They killed eight people, including a soldier, a mother and two children. Al-Shabaab slaughtered civilians,” he said.
Government spokesman Mohamed Ibrahim Moarimu said that among those killed were women in the office of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and Hibak Abkar, an adviser on human rights issues.
“She was one of the pillars of PM’s women’s problems,” he said on his Facebook account.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Abkar was in the convoy or if she happened to be nearby when the explosion occurred.
Al-Shabaab confirmed that it was behind the attack. Terrorist groups who want to overthrow the government and impose their own rigorous interpretation of Islamic law frequently carry out such bombings.
“Mujahid, who is driving a suicide car bomb, targeted a convoy of cars entering the (President’s) palace,” Al Shabab military operations spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab told Reuters on the phone.
Reuters witnesses at the scene of the attack reported seeing the blast destroy seven cars and three rickshaws and cover the entire joint with blood.