Car bomb kills 11, injures 10 at Somalia shopping mall


A car bomb exploded at a shopping mall in Mogadishu – Somalia’s capital on Monday, killing 11 people and wounding 10 in an attack that police said was probably carried out by Islamist group Al-Shabaab.

The blast happened in Mogadishu’s Hamarweyne district, a busy area with shops and restaurants.

“Several dead people were removed from a wrecked building at the blast scene. So far death toll is 11 civilians and 10 others injured,” police officer Mohamed Hussein said.

Hussein had earlier put the death toll at two.

A Reuters witness saw one dead person at the scene, where four cars burned and a restaurant was destroyed.

Al-Shabaab is known for frequently carrying out bombings in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia against government and other targets. The group is trying to oust the Western-backed central government and establish its own rule based on its strict interpretation of sharia law.

Al-Shabaab’s militants also carry out attacks outside Somalia. Its latest assault in neighbouring Kenya, a suicide and gun attack at an office and hotel complex in the capital Nairobi last month, killed 21 people.

Al-Shabaab want Kenya to withdraw its troops from Somalia where they are stationed as part of an African peacekeeping force which helps defend the central government.

Somali emergency services evacuate an injured man from the scene where a car bomb exploded at a shopping mall in Mogadishu. Photo: Feisal Omar/Reuters.
Somali security forces at the scene of the explosion in Mogadishu [Feisal Omar/Reuters]


The blast left 11 civilians dead and 10 others injured [Feisal Omar/Reuters]


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