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

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At slightest 9 radical pronounced dormant aft a car weaponry targeting a apical constabulary main exploded successful Somalia's superior Mogadishu connected Saturday.

The violent onslaught -- 2nd to different detonation targeting a teashop successful the metropolis past week which took implicit 10 lives, has since been claimed by The Al-Qaeda extremist radical al-Shabab.

Kassim Ali Shire, an eyewitness, shares his idiosyncratic relationship of the convulsive incident.

"Thank God I'm ok, my member and I were driving present connected this roadworthy erstwhile the termination car weaponry deed astatine adjacent range, determination are tons of casualties. All onboard our conveyance survived, lone my member received injuries."

A doc astatine the Medina Hospital told reporters that the toll reflected lone the dormant and wounded who were taken to the installation successful Mogadishu wherever helium works. He said the existent toll was apt higher arsenic victims were rushed to different hospitals, including privately owned ones.

A Somali constabulary spokesperson Sadiiq Dudishe said the targeted constabulary commissioner Colonel Farhan Mohamud Qaroleh has been declared safe. "The commissioner is unharmed but determination are different casualties the onslaught inflicted."

Since 2007, Al-Shabaab has launched respective attacks against Somalia's national authorities officials, information forces and civilians.

He said the bomber, utilizing an explosive-laden vehicle, struck the convoy of Benadir portion constabulary commissioner Farhan Mohamud astatine a engaged intersection successful the capital.

The Benadir portion lies successful southeastern Somalia and encompasses Mogadishu.

"It caused immense devastation and casualties of some constabulary and civilians," said Mire Adan, who was a fewer metres from the scene, adding that helium counted six bodies.

"The full country is messed up with fume arsenic the blast caused a occurrence and I saw respective dormant bodies astir of them civilians," different witnesser Osman Adan said.

The Al-Shabaab group, which is linked to Al-Qaeda, has been warring to overthrow Somalia's national authorities since 2007 and launches predominant attacks against the information forces arsenic good arsenic authorities and civilian targets.

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