At least seven people were killed and eight others injured on Saturday by a suicide car bomb in Somali’s capital at a street junction near the president’s residence, Muawiye Mudeey, District Commissioner of Mogadishu’s Hamarjajab District said.
Al Shabaab; the group which wants to overthrow the government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islamic law confirmed it was behind the attack.
“A Mujahid driving a suicide car bomb targeted a convoy of cars going into the (presidential) palace,” Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab Military Operation spokesperson disclosed.
“They killed eight people including a soldier and a mother and two children. Al Shabaab massacres civilians,” Police spokesperson Abdifatah Aden Hassan said.
He told reporters at the scene of the blast the casualties could be higher, since some of the dead and wounded had been taken away by their relatives.
Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, the government spokesperson, said among those killed was Hibaq Abukar, an advisor of women and human rights affairs in Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble’s office.
“She was one of the pillars of PM’s office (for) women affairs,” he said on his Facebook account.