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Suicide bomb attack at district headquarters in Somali capital kills 4

This is the second such attack on a district headquarters in Somali’s capital this month. The Howlwadag district headquarters was targeted on September 2 and at least six people were killed.

world Updated: Sep 10, 2018 14:42 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press
Nairobi, Kenya
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Jubaland forces and Somali residents stand near the site of a suicide car bomb attack near a military training base in the port town Kismayu. (Representative Image/Reuters Photo)

At least four person are dead after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of a district headquarters in Mogadishu, a Somali police officer said on Monday.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the large blast badly damaged the compound of the Hodan district’s headquarters.

An Associated Press journalist saw at least seven bodies at the scene.

Hussein said seven other people were wounded, and most of the victims were district workers and soldiers.

This is the second such attack on a district headquarters in the capital this month. The Howlwadag district headquarters was targeted on September 2 and at least six people were killed, including two children.

The al Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group often claims responsibility. The Somalia-based group often targets the capital with bombings, including a truck bombing in October that left at least 512 people dead.

Somali troops are meant to take over the Horn of Africa nation’s security in the coming years from an African Union force but concerns about their readiness remain high. The UN Security Council recently voted to delay the reduction of troops in the AU force from October to February and the target date to hand over security to Somali forces to December 2021.

First Published: Sep 10, 2018 14:42 IST