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Suicide bombing in Somalian capital kills at least nine

It was the second large explosion in Mogadishu this month.

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Security forces and civilians stand near the wreckage after a suicide car bomb attack that targeted the city’s police commissioner in Mogadishu, Somalia Saturday, July 10, 2021. At least nine people are dead and others wounded after the large explosion, a health official at the Medina hospital said, noting that the toll reflected only the dead and wounded brought there. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Security forces and civilians stand near the wreckage after a suicide car bomb attack that targeted the city’s police commissioner in Mogadishu, Somalia Saturday, July 10, 2021. At least nine people are dead and others wounded after the large explosion, a health official at the Medina hospital said, noting that the toll reflected only the dead and wounded brought there. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Security forces and civilians stand near the wreckage after a suicide car bomb attack that targeted the city’s police commissioner in Mogadishu, Somalia Saturday, July 10, 2021. At least nine people are dead and others wounded after the large explosion, a health official at the Medina hospital said, noting that the toll reflected only the dead and wounded brought there. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

A large explosion in Somalia’s capital has killed at least nine people and injured eight others, a health official said.

Dr Mohamed Nur said nine were declared dead at Medina Hospital in Mogadishu where he works.

“I am sure the number is bigger as some of the victims were rushed to other hospitals, such as the privately owned ones,” he added.

The al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility.

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Medical workers carry a body away (Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP)

Medical workers carry a body away (Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP)

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Medical workers carry a body away (Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP)

A Somali police spokesman said Mogadishu’s police commissioner, Colonel Farhan Mohamud Qaroleh, was the target of the attack but he was safe.

“A suicide car bomber with heavy explosives plotted by the terrorist group al-Shabab has targeted the Mogadishu police commissioner,” spokesman Sadiq Adam Ali said.

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“They hit the vehicle of the Mogadishu police commissioner.”

It was the second large explosion in the city this month. A blast targeting a tea shop killed at least 10 people last week.

Last month, a suicide bomb attack at a military base in Mogadishu killed at least 15 people.


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