Mogadishu – AFP
Eight people were killed and at least 17 others were injured in a car bomb explosion near a school in Mogadishu on Thursday, police said, in a new attack claimed by the terrorist group Al-Shabab.
“Eight civilians were killed and 17 others were wounded in the blast,” Somali police spokesman Abdul Fattah Adan said in a brief statement, without giving further details. The security official, Muhammad Abdullah, had said: The explosion was caused by a car bomb, wounding 11 students, pointing out that there was no information about the target of the attack. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the blast, which it said targeted “military trainers”.
Witnesses said: The explosion occurred when a large convoy of AMISOM forces (the African Union Mission in Somalia) crossed.
Witness Saeed Ibrahim said: I was close to the site when the explosion occurred. A convoy of AMISOM was passing through the area. Witnesses said: The explosion caused great damage to the school and to the cars parked nearby. Ahmed Bari, a security guard for one of the neighboring buildings, said: The school building was badly damaged and school buses were destroyed.