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Africa News of Saturday, 10 July 2021

Source: africanews

At least nine dead in Al-Shabaab suicide car bombing in Somalia

A photograph of some rescue official salvaging the situation A photograph of some rescue official salvaging the situation

At least nine people have been pronounced dead after a car bomb targeting a top police chief exploded in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday.

The terrorist attack, second to another explosion targeting a teashop in the city last week which took over ten lives, has since been claimed by The Al-Qaeda extremist group al-Shabab.

Kassim Ali Shire, an eyewitness, shares his personal account of the violent incident.

"Thank God I'm ok, my brother and I were driving here on this road when the suicide car bomb hit at close range, there are lots of casualties. All onboard our vehicle survived, only my brother received injuries."

"It caused huge devastation and casualties of both police and civilians," said Mire Adan, who was a few metres from the scene, adding that he counted six bodies.

"The whole area is messed up with smoke as the blast caused a fire and I saw several dead bodies most of them civilians," another witness Osman Adan said.

The Al-Shabaab group, which is linked to Al-Qaeda, has been fighting to overthrow Somalia's federal government since 2007 and launches frequent attacks against the security forces as well as government and civilian targets.

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